This beautiful signed Zuni pendant was crafted and signed by Zuni artist Wayne J. Panteah (1949-1983). The large tear-shaped pendant is set with five well matched Tyrone turquoise stones. Tyrone is the name given to the turquoise claims around the Tyrone copper mine in Silver City, New Mexico. The pendant measures from the top of the bail to the center of the bottom 3 and 1/4" and 1 and 3/4" at its widest point. The stones vary in size but not by much, measuring on average, 15mm by 10mm with hand applied raindrops interspersed among them. The pendant is hand filed and hand stamped along its edges. It is signed W.J. Panteah on the back and dates from the 1970's. It weighs 44 grams on my jewelry scale. The last two photos show what it would look like on a Navajo silver bead necklace so you would have an idea of how classic a pendant this is. The bead necklace does NOT come with the pendant and is shown here for illustration only. The bail will take up to an 8mm bead necklace. This necklace is sterling, Navajo and signed, but not as early as the pendant, so if you have any questions about it please ask. You can add whatever type of silver necklace you like to this pendant and have a magnificent early signed Zuni necklace. An estate piece, it is a great piece of artistry just waiting to be worn!
References: Hougart, Bille: "Native and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks" (255). Lowry, Joe and Dan:"Turquoise Unearthed" (63).
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