Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today up for your consideration is this EXQUISITE Zuni - Sterling Silver and Multi Stone Inlay Knifewing Pin by Master Silversmith Alonzo Hustito. This Knifewing starts out with natural Turquoise, Red Spiny Oyster Shell, Mother-Of-Pearl Shell and Jet. The stones are precisely cut and inlay with sterling silver spacers. Completely surrounded by an ultra fine serrated bezel, following up with 21 silver drop and ear ornaments. there is a Trader's Mark on the back of the pin that reads TEX
This Knifewing Pin is simply stunningly beautiful and exceptionally well made. A Wonderful addition to anyone’s collection!
Ref., American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Alonzo Hustito (collaborated with Helen Hustito)
(Zuni, active ca. 1930s-1980s: mosaic inlay, set stone, carved, silver leaf jewelry, fetishes)
LIFESPAN: 1910s - 1989
FAMILY: husband of Helen Hustito; father of Charles Hustito, Linda Hustito Wheeler, Erma
EXHIBITIONS: 1982- present, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 1997-present, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show.
FORMS: bracelets, concha belts, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, squash blossom necklaces.
MATERIALS: silver, turquoise, abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, jet
FAVORITE DESIGNS: Rainbow Man, Knifewing, Thunderbird's
PUBLICATIONS: SWAIA Quarterly fall 1982:10; Oster, Rodee & Nahohai 1996:29, 88, 111-21; Wright 2000:81.
Alonzo Hustito is credited as the originator of the Rainbow Man and Knifewing figures in Zuni jewelry. His son, Charles, recalled, “The way that my parents used to work was to put all the different stones together, grind them, shape them and then [inlay the in mosaic]. They made Knifewing and Thunderbirds… They would shape it out… My mother would put the pieces together and my father would do the housing for the bezel… we didn’t have electricity, and it was all done with a hand-grinding wheel… They used Coleman lanterns seated right next to the work table to get some light.” (Ostler, Rodee & Nahohai 1996: 111-21.)
Inventory #: 710ZUN35
Size: H. 2 3/16" x W.1 11/16"
Artist/Hallmark: Alonzo Hustito
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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