Vintage 1960’s Zuni Knife Wing Man Pin. Set in solid sterling silver with genuine Lone Mountain turquoise, red spiny oyster shell, white mother of pearl shell and black jet.Measuring 2-3/8″ in total length and is approximately 1″ wide.It can easily be converted into a pendant if you like, just request it when ordering. The inlay is nicely done and really shows the ability of this piece. Unsigned.
ZUNI 134 Vintage 1960’s Zuni Knife wing man pin
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VINTAGE 1960’S ZUNI KNIFE WING MAN PIN
Knifewing, also Knife Wing, is a half man – half eagle Zuni spirit or god with razor sharp feathers made of flint. He is the ultimate warrior. … “This curious god is the hero of hundreds of folklore tales, the tutelary deity of several societies of Zuni.
White Mother of Pearl
The provenance story of the White Mother of Pearl shell begins in the remote crystal clear turquoise waters of Northern Australia, nurturing and growing the sought after White South Sea Pearls.The lustrous pearly white color of the shells reflect the pristine natural environment in which they are formed and shells from this area are renowned to have the purest white coloring.
Nacre also known as mother of pearl, is an organic–inorganic composite material produced by some molluscss as an inner shell layer; it is also the material of which pearls are composed. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent.
SPINY OYSTER SHELL
Living Spondylus shells are, indeed, very spiny, but the polished product looks very smooth, with some of its color variation strongly resembling that of the Blood Oyster. The resemblance is strong enough that it’s important to ask, when purchasing these materials, if they’re from Blood Oyster or Spiny Oyster. Artists often use Spiny Oyster as a substitute for Blood Coral. Although not nearly as rare as the Blood Coral or Rose Coral, divers collect Spiny Oyster by hand, making the work laborious and relatively expensive, with some risks.N18
The most commonly used Spondylid Bivalve shell colors include orange, reds, and purples and may include distinct striations and color variations. One also finds pink, red, brown, yellow, orange, and white on the market. The Yellow Spiny Oyster’s especially rare.
In the American Oceans, the Spondylids occur along the North American coasts, as far north as North Carolina, on the Atlantic Coast, and northwestern Mexico, on the Pacific Coast. It develops in waters to South America. The Orange Spiny Oyster occurs in shallow to moderately deep waters, where snorkelers and scuba divers readily harvest them. Purple Spiny Oysters grow in deeper water, making them more difficult to find and harvest.
The Lone Mountain turquoise mine is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The turquoise is noted for its ability to hold its color and not fade. Usually found in nodules, Lone Mountain turquoise ranges in color from clear blue to spider-web. Because Lone Mountain turquoise holds its beautiful blue color well, it is a great addition to one’s jewelry collection, lone mountain like the turquoise pictured is very rare these days, now the mine produces a light grayish blue color turquoise. Once in a while the miners will
Jet is a product of high-pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees . Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of carbon compression and fresh water. Native American Navajo and Pueblo tribes of New Mexico were using regionally mined jet for jewelry and the ornamentation of weapons when early Spanish explorers reached the area in the 1500’s.Today these jet deposits are known as Acoma jet, for the Acoma Pueblo