Sadie and Morris Laahte, Zuni Pueblo Jewelry
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Zuni Pueblo artists Sadie and Morris Laahte are a husband-wife team that are well known for their precise channel and mosaic inlay work in jewelry making. They started making jewelry together in the 1970s.
One of their favorite designs is the well-known and respected Zuni Sunface. The Sunface is an ancient symbol in Zuni culture. It represents the sacred Sun Father. The Zuni people honor the Sun's vital role in changing seasons and successful crops, recognizing that the warmth of the sun sustains life, enables growth, and brings joy and prosperity. The round motif of the symbol depicts the Sun with a forehead split down the middle to reflect the infinite balance between sunrise and sunset. Rectangular eyes and a round mouth complete the face, and the whole is encircled by feathers that radiate outward like sunlight. Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center