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Posted 2 years ago

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Stillwater
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Anyone ever seen this form in early Zuni work before?? Its totally unique to me, never seen anything like them

They're VERY heavy, 15 grams, I think the cones are solid and the bases have like 1/8" thick walls. 15 grams is very, very heavy!

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  1. WhoaNellieTraders WhoaNellieTraders, 2 years ago
    Great earrings. Question: Are you sure they are Zuni? The design looks more like Navajo work to me. Although I'm not an expert :)
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    To be honest, they are so unlike anything I've ever seen that Zuni is just an educated guess

    I made that guess because flush channel-inlay was first used at Zuni in New Mexico in the 1940's and it took a while to catch on in Arizona with the Navajo, and even today its still pretty much a Zuni technique.

    Also the stones are set with aluminum paste, and thats generally a dead-giveaway for Zuni at this time period, the Navajo used prong and bezel setting.

    Another thing, this type of generic sterling screwbacks I have noticed on other Zuni work from around that time, like the exact same ones that say "STERLING" on the screws.
  3. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Still, they're very weird, very unusual for Zuni. Not that its impossible though
  4. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    really different -- have not seen this particular design before

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