Necklace, Thunderbird Depression, Kewa, Vintage, '30s, 1042
A work of art and a little piece of history.
"During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Native American artists often used scrap materials including 78 rpm phonograph records, car battery casings (hard rubber), and red plastic dinnerware such as Dairy Queen spoons. This collectible, museum-quality tab necklace is a great example of Depression Era jewelry." (courtesy Horsekeeping, LLC)
This unique Santo Domingo Pueblo necklace is a very unusual piece, featuring Old Pawn mosaic inlay of a thunderbird, crafted using resourceful materials like battery casing and gypsum, as well as tiny pieces of turquoise that in more prosperous times might have been discarded. The string of beads is adorned with 10 small tabs also made of turquoise inlay and gypsum.
- affiliation: Santo Domingo/Kewa
- materials: plastic, turquoise chip inlay, battery casing, gypsum
- dimensions: 28"
- pendant: 2 1/5" x 2"
- weight: 67 grams
- closure: hidden screw clasp
- condition: very nice vintage condition with no missing pieces
- style number: JN1042