Pin, Inlay, Knifewing, Vintage, 530
THIS STATEMENT-SIZED PIN HAS VIBRANT STONES AND STRIKING SILVERWORK.
This gorgeous vintage pin is a colorful representation of the deity known as Knifewing -- a spirit that is half man, half eagle with razor-sharp feathers; generally revered as the ultimate warrior. This depiction of the god consists of a flush inlay design using vivid stones of turquoise, red coral, black onyx, and shell, accented with sterling silver drops, scrolls, and twist wire detailing. At 4” wide, it’s an incredible standout statement piece.
Teddy Weahkee (1893-1965), Zuni, Zuni elder, Governor of Zuni Pueblo, artist, fetish carver, silversmith. Attended Phoenix Indian School. Served in WW1. Worked with Leekya on the excavation of Hawikuh village.
- artist: attributed to Teddy Weahkee (deceased)
- markings: HA (etched script, appears to be trader's code)
- materials: sterling silver, onyx, coral, mother of pearl, turquoise
- dimensions: 4" x 3"
- weight: 53 grams
- closures: locking c-clasp
- condition: nice vintage condition
- stones are secure in their settings
- light wear and abrasion to stones
- silver has a nice patina
- light wear from ethnographic use
- style number: JP530