Helen & Lincoln Zunie Native American Horse Belt Buckle
This magnificent, vintage horse belt buckle was handcrafted by Southwestern Zuni artisans Helen & Lincoln Zunie.
The belt buckle features natural turquoise, organic jet, spiny oyster shell and tiger shell meticulously carved to fit the sterling silver inlay channels.
The buckle measures 4.25" x 3" and contains a total of sixty-seven (67) gems:
Organic Jet - (27)
Natural Turquoise - (23)
Organic Tiger Shell - (14)
Organic Spiny Oyster Shell - (3)
Jet is an organic gem. More specifically, it's a type of fossilized wood that is formed from decaying wood under extreme pressure. Tiger shell and spiny oyster shells are also organic gems, being carved from the actual shells of marine life.
Helen & Lincoln Zunie were Zuni silversmiths that specialized in inlay work. Their last name was actually Zuni, but they would sign their work with an H-L ZUNIE.
The reverse side is stamped with their signature hallmark, "H-L ZUNIE", and has a hinged buckle.
Gross weight of the buckle is 131.2 grams.