Zuni Sun Face Channel Inlay Belt Buckle

Item No: 4602

$ 220.00

  • Handcrafted by Zuni artist Marie Qualo, this women’s belt buckle celebrates a storied history of jewelry-making. This beautifully crafted belt buckle features sterling silver and gemstones of black onyx, blue turquoise, mother of pearl and coral. Created through the traditional Zuni jewelry technique of channel inlay, the design features a sun face symbol and sun rays radiating out from the center. Enjoy this traditional style that showcases high-quality craftsmanship.

    • Belt buckle handcrafted by Marie Qualo (Zuni)
    • Sterling silver
    • Blue turquoise, red coral, black onyx, white mother of pearl
    • Buckle measures 2” x 2” and fits a 1-1/4” belt
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Marie Qualo is a skilled Zuni jewelry artist known for her finely crafted channel inlay pieces that incorporate traditional Zuni designs and imagery.
  • Many Native American artists are inspired by their rich cultural history and the traditions of art, dance, community and cuisine that have carefully been passed down for generations. From colorful shell bead work and mosaic inlay to Navajo weaving and Pueblo pottery, there are many art forms that are unique to the Pueblo people of New Mexico and tribes of the Southwest. Native American artists are inspired to preserve these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories of their history and culture while also preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that make their work distinctive, valuable and lasting.
  • Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly jewelers of Zuni Pueblo. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns. Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art.

    Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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