Hopi Bird and Sunface in Zuni Jewelry

Item No: 138

$ 24.99

  • Delve into the fascinating origins and contemporary interpretations of Sun Face and Thunderbird/Hopi Bird designs. This thorough study was undertaken to establish the identities of 33 Zuni artists and their interpretations of these traditional designs from the 1940s through the 1960s. Their mosaic stone and shell inlay pins, bracelets, bolo ties, and other ornaments appear in over 190 color photos that display subtle variations indicative of each master's work and distinctive style. Also introduced are important but forgotten artists, such as Harry Deutsawe and Raphael Homer. It also features two intriguing variations of Sun Face designs, such as Sun Face with Horns and Sun Father and His Twin Sons. Detailed analysis explains the changes and connections among early and recent makers and their individual styles, materials, and designs.

    • Author: Toshio Sei
    • Hardcover: 144 pages
    • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1ST edition (February 28, 2012)
    • ISBN-10: 076433882X
    • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Collecting Zuni fetishes and antique mosaic jewelry for nearly two decades, Toshio Sei has seen and grown to understand the design work of the Zuni Pueblo. Through his decades of working with artists he has an impressive collection and knowledge about this artform. He retired as a social and developmental psychology professor and is now a professor emeritus of Yamaguchi University. He and his wife live in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan.
  • Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, Native American artists draw upon both traditional and contemporary influences, and their shell, gemstone and silver jewelry is prized and collected by people around the world.
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