Zuni Pueblo Mosaic Inlay Knifewing Design Bracelet

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: jet, spondylus shell, turquoise, mother of pearl, silver
  • Size:
    5-½” inside end-to-end;
    6-¾” size; 1-1⁄4” width
  • Item # C4304D
  • Price: $795.00

Zuni Pueblo artisans are known worldwide as phenomenal lapidary artisans and jewelry makers.  They are masters at cutting stones and fitting those stone-to-stone to form mosaic imagery in jewelry.  The Knifewing image was made in a stone-to-stone manner using beautiful deep black jet, orange color spondylus shell, blue turquoise, and mother of pearl.  

Along with the Rainbow Man, the Knifewing was a popular design used by Zuni jewelers beginning in the 1930s. The Knifewing is a supernatural being for the Zuni people. For public use, its design was probably altered in order not to offend traditional Zuni people. This bracelet is a good example of the craft of Zuni multi-stone inlay. Each small piece was perfectly placed to create a miniature work of art.

The knifewing mosaic was mounted on a three-wire silver bracelet.  The outer silver are triangular shaped and the central one is twisted silver.  Silver sun rays accent the top of the bracelet.


Condition: this Zuni Pueblo Mosaic Inlay Knifewing Design Bracelet is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a Colorado gentleman

Recommended Reading: Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths by James Ostler

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryZuni Pueblo

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: jet, spondylus shell, turquoise, mother of pearl, silver
  • Size:
    5-½” inside end-to-end;
    6-¾” size; 1-1⁄4” width
  • Item # C4304D
  • Price: $795.00

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