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Zuni “Indian Chief” Bolo, circa 1940’s-1950’s



A wonderful, large bolo with a stylized depiction of a Comanche "Indian Chief" wearing an eagle feather headdress. This is a terrific image beautifully hand-wrought in silver channel-inlaid with turquoise, spiny oyster shell, black jet, white shell, tiger-eye shell and mother-of-pearl. The bolo measures an impressive 3 1/4" in length and 2 1/4" in width. The bolo weighs 63.9 grams or 2.3 ounces. We do not know who the maker was (there is an unknown mark "MW" on the tips which may or may not be original to the bolo), but whoever they were, they did absolutely gorgeous work. The tips of the bolo have turquoise stones set in silver and are 3" in length. The bolo slide itself and the stone inlays are in excellent original condition, the dark brown braided leather tie shows appropriate age wear but is still in good, very wearable condition. This piece is a unique and marvelous combination of historic Southwestern jewelry, excellent native craftsmanship, high camp and great Western style.


Price $950


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