Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today up for your consideration is this BEAUTIFUL Zuni - Sterling Silver & Multi Stone Inlay Ring. This ring is attributed to Ben & Reyes Kallestewa. The ring is of a Cardinal Bird standing on a branch. The artists used Mother-Of-Pearl as the background with Pink Spiny Oyster Shell for the bird, Turquoise for the flowers and Jet for the leafs. The branches and the legs of the bird are hand scribed in the Mother-Of-Pearl. This ring has a simple bezel with twisted wire decoration.
A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO ANYONE’S COLLECTION…
Ref., ZUNI The Art And The People Vol.3 By ED and BARBARA BELL
Ref., American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Ben Kallestewa (stamps BRK), (collaborates with Reyes Kallestewa) (Zuni, active 1960s-present: mosaic, channel inlay, cluster, and nugget jewelry)
BORN: ca. 1943;
RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, NM
FAMILY: husband of Reyes Kallestewa
SERVICE: Traditional Religious Leader
FORMS: bolos, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, U.S. half dollar pendants, pins
FAVORITE DESIGNS: eagles, songbirds, cardinals, leaves
PUBLICATIONS: Bell 1977:45; Public Law 98-408, 98 Stat. 1533, August 28, 1984; Wright 2000:90, 193, 266; Devon Abbott Mihesuah, Repatriation Reader: Who Owns American Indian Remains, 2000.
On August 28, 1984, religious leader Ben Kallestewa testified before Senator Barry Goldwater to help protect Zuni sacred lands: “My name is Ben Kallestewa. I am the head of all the Zuni religious Kachina dances and religious activities that have been going on for years and years as taught by our forefathers. We have continued these religious activities from generation to generation . . . The only reason that we want these religious mountains is to keep on our tradition as our forefathers have been doing for years . . . We pray for the people of all the world . . . So almost every day we go down there and pray and hope that this world will come to peace. That is what our religion is all about.”
Inventory #: 879ZUN30
Finger Size: 8.25
Ring Size: L. 1 3/8" x W. 1
Artist/Hallmark: Attributed to Ben & Reyes Kallestewa
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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