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MYRA TUCSON/HOMER VACIT ZUNI KNIFEWING NECKLACE
MYRA TUCSON/HOMER VACIT ZUNI KNIFEWING NECKLACE
 
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Artist: Attr: Myra Tucson/Homer Vacit
Circa: 1960's
Providence: Private Collection
Our Price: $8,000.00

Availability: Usually Ships in 2 to 3 Days
Product Code: MWZS1
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Description
 
This beautiful Knifewing necklace is handcrafted Zuni work and strongly attributed to Zuni artist Myra Tucson and possibly her husband Homer Vacit. Outstanding hand tooled silver work with precisely set inlay of abalone shell, mother of pearl shell, jet and natural (color changed) Blue Gem turquoise. Hand crafted small, heavy silver beads. Just a stunningly beautiful necklace, with precise inlay work. Not hallmarked which was common during this era.

The center knifewing measures 2 5/8" long by 2 5/8
" wide. The 12 smaller knifewings measure 1 1/2" long by 1/2" wide. The total length including naja is 28" long.
The Zuni are known for their fine silversmithing, which began in the 1870's after learning fundamental techniques from the Navajo. Lanyade was the first Zuni silversmith, who learned the art from Atsidi Chon, a Navajo smith. By 1880, Zuni jewelers already set turquoise in silver. Today jewelry making thrives as an art form in at the Zuni Pueblo. Many Zuni have become master silversmiths and have perfected the skill of stone inlay, channel inlay, needlepoint and petit point. They found that by using small pieces of stone they were able to create intricate designs and unique patterns. Their style of work is very tedious and time consuming.
Unfortunately many of the Zuni jewelry designs have been reproduced overseas and are being sold in the U.S. as authentic Zuni jewelry. Buy from reputable dealers and ask for a written guarantee that the piece is American Zuni made.

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