Description: This piece was acquired from a second-hand collection (i.e.-estate sale), who collected Native American Jewelry and art in the 1970's.
It is made by Dixon Shebola, a Zuni artist who made mosaic inlay ceremonial jewelry in the 1960's-1970's. A similar bolo tie is featured in Toshio Sei's book Kachinas and Cermonial Dancers in Zuni Jewelry. This piece is a classic Zuni bolo tie. It is handmade out of sterling silver and genuine stones. Zuni is a Native American tribe that is located in New Mexico. The Zuni silversmiths are known for the intricate inlay work, and very fine lapidary skills. This piece is a stunning example of the intricate lapidary skills that the Zunis are known for, as each stone is individually cut, polished and inlayed.
"For many Native Americans, the EAGLE is a sacred and symbolic bird because it is able to fly so high and thus move freely between heaven and earth. The eagle has always been regarded by Indians as having supernatural powers.....The Eagle Dance varies from tribe to tribe, but it always portrays the life cycle of the eagle from birth to death, showing how it learns to walk and eventually to hunt and feed itself and its family" (online source)
Material: Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Jet
Dimensions: 3-1/2 in. x 3-1/2 in.
Weight (in grams): 60.9