A wonderful old Zuni sterling necklace with a traditional Sun face or Sun Father design.
The necklace has five faces inlaid with turquoise, onyx, mother of pearl and turquoise, the center sun face is larger, otherwise the design is the same.
The headdress is small needlepoint turquoise cabochons, silver beads are added between each stone at the top. The inlay is framed with twisted wire, there are additional beads around the bottom. The large silver hoop feathers (often referred to as earrings) represent rain and clouds offered to the earth. The Sun Faces are split at the forehead, the two sides represent the pairing of oneself with family. Alternatively, the two sides also represents sunrise and sunset. The eyes are bars, with no details, out of respect for the Sun as they are the windows to the soul.
The faces are connected with long oval links, the handmade chain is made of the same long links alternating with small oval links, it closes with a simple hook.
Total length is 17.5", the four small faces are 7/8" by .75", the larger face is 1" by 7/8", total weight is 23 grams.
Unmarked, the necklace tested sterling with acid.
Excellent condition, no damage or visible wear, no repairs.
A great example of a Sun Face necklace, much more detailed than what is usually found in this design and a great addition to any collection.
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