Pair of Zuni Pueblo Multi-Stone Earrings with Sunface [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: multi-stone mixture
  • Size: 1-¾” long
  • Item # C4643.40
  • SOLD

This very clever combination of gemstones and imagery was created by an unknown Zuni Pueblo artisan and silversmith. The face of the post features a half-dome image of a Sun Face, composed of turquoise, coral, jet, and shell.

Suspended from that is a pendant with a circular jet inlay from which falls a pendulum made of silver, jet, and coral. One might first think that the combination of a facial feature and an elegant pendant would be in conflict, however, the combination works well.

What does the Zuni Sunface mean? The Sunface is an ancient symbol in Zuni Pueblo culture, where it represents the sacred Sun Father. The Zuni people have always honored the Sun's vital role in the cycling of seasons and the success of crops, recognizing that the Sun's warmth sustains life, enables growth, bringing joy and prosperity to the people.  Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Pair of Zuni Pueblo Multi-Stone Earrings with Sun Face is from a private collection

Recommended Reading:

Jewelry by Southwest American Indians: Evolving Designs by Nancy Schiffer

North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment: From Prehistory to Present by Margaret Dubin

TAGS: Southwest Indian JewelryZuni Pueblo

These earrings are for Pierced ears.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: multi-stone mixture
  • Size: 1-¾” long
  • Item # C4643.40
  • SOLD

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