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Bolo, Inlay, Hereford Steer, Famous Maker, Vintage, 1394

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A BOLD BOLO CAN ADD A LOT TO AN OUTFIT.

This beautiful vintage bolo is the work of renowned jewelry artisan couple Helen & Lincoln Zunie, well known for their inlay work, usually in cow and horse motifs. Dating back to the 1970s, the slide features a depiction of a Hereford bull beautifully crafted in chip inlay style using stones of turquoise, mother of pearl, black onyx, and orange spiny oyster, set in sterling silver. The cord is a traditional braided leather with sterling silver aiguillettes. The signature inlay of these late artisans has begun to be recognized and sought after posthumously, so their work will be collectors.

Lincoln Zunie (1938-1983, Zuni). Active 1960s-1970s. Channel inlay; figural inlay, often horse or cow motifs.  Father of Patty Zunie Edaakie. Brother of Joe and William Zunie. Lincoln Zunie shared the stamp with his wife Helen Zunie (d). 

  • Helen and Lincoln Zunie were master silversmiths specializing in pictorial inlay work.

Mark: H-L ZUNIE

  • artist: Helen and Lincoln Zunie (both deceased)
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • materials: sterling silver, mother of pearl, orange spiny oyster, turquoise, bolo cord
  • dimensions: 40"
  • locking tension clasp
  • weight: 108 grams
  • vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • stone abraisions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • style: JN1394
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