Zuni Pueblo Mosaic Inlay Knifewing Design Bracelet

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • 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


HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WRIST FOR BRACELET SIZE

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurement or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet.

Option: If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length. That would be your wrist size.

Tip: Do you want a snug or loose fit? Well, that really will vary between everyone. If you are buying a delicate bracelet, we suggest doing a snug fit. Most other bracelets should have a comfort fit except when buying large or thick cuffs or bangles. It's best to buy large bracelets with a loose fit so you don't feel like you are suffocating your wrist, or it will be worn over clothing.

 

 

Fitting Style Add inch(es) to wrist size
Snug Fit Add 1/4" to 1/2"
Comfort Fit Add 3/4" to 1"
Loose Fit Add 1 1/4"
Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • 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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