Zuni Pueblo Nacimiento - Nativity Diorama with Beaded Figures

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Bessie Boone (ca.1909-ca.1999)
  • Category: Beadwork
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: beads, wood, fabric
  • Size: 8-¼” x 9” base x 5-1/2” height
  • Item # 26046
  • Price: $750.00

Bessie Boone was a Zuni beaded figurine maker. She was 87 years old when she created this seven-piece nacimiento. Making beaded figurines is a painstaking, demanding task. Bessie was an extremely skillful bead worker. This diorama is a testament to her amazing skill.

The diorama features seven fully beaded figures. Mary and Joseph face a small baby Jesus who is set in a traditional Zuni cradleboard. Above the Holy Family, Bessie placed a hovering angel with wings aflutter. Two shepherds watch over the family with one of their sheep.  The figures are attached to the floor of the stable. Bessie has formed a wooden ramada overhead to which a small red ristra is hanging. The base is signed and dated with her age.


Condition: The Zuni Pueblo Nacimiento - Nativity Diorama with Beaded Figures is in original condition

Provenance: From the estate of Dr. Jack and Maryann Adams of Albuquerque who purchased it in 1996 directly from Bessie

Recommended Reading: Nacimientos - Nativity Scenes by Southwest Indian Artisans by Guy and Doris Monthan

Close up view.

Bessie Boone (ca.1909-ca.1999)
  • Category: Beadwork
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: beads, wood, fabric
  • Size: 8-¼” x 9” base x 5-1/2” height
  • Item # 26046
  • Price: $750.00

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