Storyteller Concho belt by Mitchell Zephier Sr, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe - German silver one of a kind Native American GM7

$3,000.00
This stunning vintage Concho belt by Mitchell Zephier from the Lower Brule Sioux Nation is a true work of art that took nearly a year to make! It is entitled "A Song for Crazy Horse." The large sterling silver oval conchos are stamped and carved with intricate designs depicting key events in the life and death of Ogalala War Chief Crazy Horse (see descriptions), and each small sterling oval concho is stamped with the design of a Lakota war shield. Areas of the designs are plated in brass and copper, and other areas are flush inlaid with pipestone. Each war shield concho is set with a .45 inch piece of oval turquoise in a serrated bezel. Some large oval conchos are set with .25 inch round pipestone or mother-of-pearl stones in serrated bezels.

Buckle: 4 3/4" L x 3 1/8" W, hook closure
Large Oval Conchos: all 7 are 4" L x 2 3/4" W
Small Oval Conchos: all 8 are 2 3/8" L x 1 3/8" W
Belt: black leather 48 3/8" L, from tip to tip and 1 1/2" W, 5 holes begin 2" from tip and end 5" from tip
Hallmark: Lakota Jewelry Visions 1994
Weight: 1 lb 12.8 oz (818 grams)
Condition: from a collector, excellent condition

Concho descriptions:
Buckle - depicts Chief Crazy Horse as he rode into battle.

Concho 1 - depicts Crazy Horse as a young boy having a vision. He saw himself as a warrior chief and saw how Indians and white men, with their hands outstretched, would try to pull him from his horse. He rode through a storm of arrows and bullets but was immune from the attacks of his enemies. The eagle falling to earth with an arrow through its back represents his ultimate betrayal by some of his own people.

Concho 2 - depicts "The Battle of the Little Big Horn"

Concho 3 - depicts Crazy Horse as he was chosen to be a chief to lead the Lakota people and presented with a war bonnet.

Concho 4 - depicts Chief Crazy Horse as he mourns the death of his three-year-old daughter, his only child, from pneumonia.

Concho 5 - depicts the death of Chief Crazy Horse at Fort Robbinson, as foretold in his vision as a child. A soldier stabs him in the back as he is restrained by one of his own.

Concho 6 - depicts the spirit of Chief Crazy Horse watching over his people. Only the spirits know where the body of Crazy Horse is buried.

Concho 7 - depicts a young Lakota boy pointing to the carving of Chief Crazy Horse.

Lakota Sioux artist Mitchell Zephier (also known by his Native name Pretty Voice Hawk) is widely acclaimed as the Master Silversmith of the Lakota Nation. He is credited with reviving the all-but-dead metalsmithing tradition of the Northern Plains people with the start of his career in 1972. Zephier is from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and was raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation by his maternal grandparents (William and Mary Chases Buck), after his parents died when he was young.

GM7
$3,000.00
This stunning vintage Concho belt by Mitchell Zephier from the Lower Brule Sioux Nation is a true work of art that took nearly a year to make! It is entitled "A Song for Crazy Horse." The large sterling silver oval conchos are stamped and carved with intricate designs depicting key events in the life and death of Ogalala War Chief Crazy Horse (see descriptions), and each small sterling oval concho is stamped with the design of a Lakota war shield. Areas of the designs are plated in brass and copper, and other areas are flush inlaid with pipestone. Each war shield concho is set with a .45 inch piece of oval turquoise in a serrated bezel. Some large oval conchos are set with .25 inch round pipestone or mother-of-pearl stones in serrated bezels.

Buckle: 4 3/4" L x 3 1/8" W, hook closure
Large Oval Conchos: all 7 are 4" L x 2 3/4" W
Small Oval Conchos: all 8 are 2 3/8" L x 1 3/8" W
Belt: black leather 48 3/8" L, from tip to tip and 1 1/2" W, 5 holes begin 2" from tip and end 5" from tip
Hallmark: Lakota Jewelry Visions 1994
Weight: 1 lb 12.8 oz (818 grams)
Condition: from a collector, excellent condition

Concho descriptions:
Buckle - depicts Chief Crazy Horse as he rode into battle.

Concho 1 - depicts Crazy Horse as a young boy having a vision. He saw himself as a warrior chief and saw how Indians and white men, with their hands outstretched, would try to pull him from his horse. He rode through a storm of arrows and bullets but was immune from the attacks of his enemies. The eagle falling to earth with an arrow through its back represents his ultimate betrayal by some of his own people.

Concho 2 - depicts "The Battle of the Little Big Horn"

Concho 3 - depicts Crazy Horse as he was chosen to be a chief to lead the Lakota people and presented with a war bonnet.

Concho 4 - depicts Chief Crazy Horse as he mourns the death of his three-year-old daughter, his only child, from pneumonia.

Concho 5 - depicts the death of Chief Crazy Horse at Fort Robbinson, as foretold in his vision as a child. A soldier stabs him in the back as he is restrained by one of his own.

Concho 6 - depicts the spirit of Chief Crazy Horse watching over his people. Only the spirits know where the body of Crazy Horse is buried.

Concho 7 - depicts a young Lakota boy pointing to the carving of Chief Crazy Horse.

Lakota Sioux artist Mitchell Zephier (also known by his Native name Pretty Voice Hawk) is widely acclaimed as the Master Silversmith of the Lakota Nation. He is credited with reviving the all-but-dead metalsmithing tradition of the Northern Plains people with the start of his career in 1972. Zephier is from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and was raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation by his maternal grandparents (William and Mary Chases Buck), after his parents died when he was young.

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