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Zuni Silver, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and Jet Belt Buckle, attributed to J.D. Massie, 20th century

Zuni Silver, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and Jet Belt Buckle, attributed to J.D. Massie, 20th century

Product Description:

The belt buckle stamped with the artist's name J.D. Massie, the signature of husband and wife, Jose and Dora, inlayed with square pieces of mother-of-pearl, robin's egg blue turquoise, cut coral inlay, and jet

Fits a 1.25 in. belt

Dimensions:

Height 1.875 in.

Width 2.875 in.

Condition:

Appears to be in good condition. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.

Provenance:

Private collection

About The Artist:

The style is in a butterfly effect, backed and outlined in sterling silver. To the Zuni, early appearance of butterflies indicate fair weather. Butterflies are frequently depicted in petroglyphs in the Southwest as well as on kachinas, pottery, jewelry and Navajo pictorial rugs. For the Zuni, multicolored butterflies are symbols of life and beauty. The belt buckle with turquoise, mother-of-pearl, silver, coral and jet has a counterpart made in 1930, but this was a brooch, and not as contemporary in style. J.D. Massie, both born in 1943.

There are many that would determine that the belt buckle is a depiction of a sun god, but the "shiny" colors and material fathom a butterfly. The sun god relates to the Mexicans and the Aztecs. Date 1970's - 1980's. Extra Notes The belt buckle is unusual in that the Zuni did not do chip inlay. Inlay is associated with Hopi jewelry; however, the Zuni did copy from the Navajo and Hopi and all three tribes are somewhat interrelated in their jewelry designs.

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SKU: 01tj0000002eYXvAAM

 
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Zuni Silver, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and Jet Belt Buckle, attributed to J.D. Massie, 20th century

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