Antique Inlay Zuni Knifewing Pin - 1940’s Zuni pin with turquoise and shell (ML40)

$240.00
This is a fabulous vintage Zuni pin with great provenance. Read the story below.

This charming old pin is in the design of the knifewing. *He is represented as possessing a human form, furnished with flint knife-feathered pinions, and tail. His dress consists of the conventional terraced cap (representative of his dwelling place among the clouds)... His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning. His guardians or warriors are the Great Mountain Lion of the North and that of the upper regions. He is likely the original War God of the Zunis.

DETAILS

Artist: Zuni unknown
Size: 1 6/8" H x 1 6/8" W
Weight: 11.7 grams
Materials: Silver, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl and black jet
Condition: Vintage - great

The story:

When Alice was a young girl, her family made a road trip from IL to New Mexico. It was there, on the side of the road, that her mother got to talking with a Native woman who had girls about the same age as Alice. This woman, who Alice states was from Kewa Pueblo (last name Coriz), asked Alice’s mother if she could send some clothes when Alice outgrew them. This started a years long exchange which included clothing going to New Mexico and jewelry coming back as thank you gifts in return! This is one of those pieces!
The provenance on this piece is fantastic as is its quality and character. It is very rare to get such a beautiful piece with an amazing story. Alice is now elderly and has asked me to find great homes for her treasures.
$240.00
This is a fabulous vintage Zuni pin with great provenance. Read the story below.

This charming old pin is in the design of the knifewing. *He is represented as possessing a human form, furnished with flint knife-feathered pinions, and tail. His dress consists of the conventional terraced cap (representative of his dwelling place among the clouds)... His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning. His guardians or warriors are the Great Mountain Lion of the North and that of the upper regions. He is likely the original War God of the Zunis.

DETAILS

Artist: Zuni unknown
Size: 1 6/8" H x 1 6/8" W
Weight: 11.7 grams
Materials: Silver, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl and black jet
Condition: Vintage - great

The story:

When Alice was a young girl, her family made a road trip from IL to New Mexico. It was there, on the side of the road, that her mother got to talking with a Native woman who had girls about the same age as Alice. This woman, who Alice states was from Kewa Pueblo (last name Coriz), asked Alice’s mother if she could send some clothes when Alice outgrew them. This started a years long exchange which included clothing going to New Mexico and jewelry coming back as thank you gifts in return! This is one of those pieces!
The provenance on this piece is fantastic as is its quality and character. It is very rare to get such a beautiful piece with an amazing story. Alice is now elderly and has asked me to find great homes for her treasures.

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