This outstanding kachina bolo was made by renowned Zuni artist Beverly Etsate. Bev's parents were the famed Augustine and Rosalie Pinto of Zuni. She was taught the trade by her parents and has continued the fine craftsmanship her parents established in their own work. Beverly is known for her raised mosaic inlay portraying Zuni mudheads and kachinas. Her work can be found in the Kennedy Museum of Indian Arts.
This kachina is done in the mosaic, inlay/overlay style. The artist used turquoise, mother of pearl, coral and jet. It appears to be inlaid into tortoise shell but I cannot be certain. In the sunlight you can see areas of light brown running through the dark shell which normally indicates tortoise shell but there is only one vain of light so I can not say for sure. The man we purchased this piece from had several wonderful bolos that said each one had been in "Dead Pawn" since the 70's. The use of tortoise shell was quite popular in the early 70's until its high consumption caused a ban on its use in 1973.
Beside the mosaic design the craftsmanship of the silver work is quite nice. The kachina is set in a saw-tooth bezel that is accented with a fine twist sterling rope and the outside edge of the piece has stamp work and sterling droplets.
The back is etched Bev. Etsate Zuni which is the same signature shown of the Kennedy Museum site. I am sorry but I tried several times to capture a picture of the signature but was unsuccessful.
Size: 2" long by 1 1/2" wide.
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