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Belt, A Vintange, Buckle Inlay, Conestoga, Dishta, Vintage, 268

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TALK ABOUT A PIECE THAT PAINTS A PICTURE.

This incredible vintage creation by the legendary Zuni husband-and-wife duo, Lena and Virgil Dishta, Jr., features a stunning statement buckle depicting a classic Conestoga in a prairie scene created with intricate sterling silver details as well as stunning stonework using mother of pearl, turquoise, and impressively tiny cabochons of red coral. The buckle is framed with sterling silver roping. The strap is a tooled dark leather with some ethnographic wear and patina that gives it very cool vintage vibes.

Virgil Dishta, Jr. (?-2015; Zuni). Active since 1960s. Inlay; cluster work jewelry. Son of Virgil Dishta Sr. Virgil Dishta shared on of the stamps with his wife Lena Dishta.

Mark: V & L DISTA;  V Dishta S /S

Lena Dishta (1951-2005; Zuni). Fabricated; channel inlay. Lena Dishta shared one of the stamps with her husband Virgil Dishta, Jr. 

Mark: L. DISHTA; V & L DISTA

  • artist: Virgil & Lena Dishta, Jr. (d)
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: V & L DISHTA
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, leather strap
  • dimensions: 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
  • weight: 80 grams on the buckle 
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear
  • style: BELT-268
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