Zuni Inlaid Buckle

G-1-67 Zuni inlay buckle.

The people of Zuni Pueblo speak what is known as a language isolate which means that it has no relationship to any other native language and is simply called Zuni. Their pueblo can be found in west central New Mexico about 30 miles from the town of Gallup. After the introduction of silver working in the southwest by the Spanish, both the Navajo and Pueblo peoples began making silver jewelry. The Zuni became particularly known for two types of jewelry: inlay and stone clusters. This is a beautiful and refined example of inlay work on a buckle. It is signed “LN” on the back indicating that it was made by Lolita Natachu and is typical of the Natachu family style of inlay. Set with turquoise, coral, mother of pearl and jet.

2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. It fits a 1 inch belt. Circa 1975. $595.00