Vintage Zuni Sadie and Morris Laahte Squash Blossom Necklace and Earring Set
Zuni Pueblo is a little town in one tiny area of the world, yet it produces some of the most original jewelry found anywhere.
Just look at this vintage necklace and earring set by Sadie and Morris Laahte of Zuni Pueblo. If you're familiar with Zuni inlay jewelry, you'll instantly recognize it as being Zuni handmade, but even if you're unfamiliar the unique inlay Sun God design will likely draw you in as there's just nothing else out there like it.
Sadie and Morris Laahte are well-known for their handmade jewelry depicting the Sun God or Sun Face in this particular style. In fact, if you look at the 1992 edition of Zuni Jewelry by Theda and Michael Bassman, you'll see a Sadie and Morris Laahte Sun God jewelry set on the cover and in multiple inside pages. This particular vintage squash blossom necklace and earring set by the Laahtes is even finer than those featured in Zuni Jewelry. In fact, it's truly one of their showpieces.
Here are some details about Sadie and Morris Laahte's Sun God Squash Blossom and Earring Set:
- Handmade of abalone, jet, white shell, coral, turquoise and sterling silver
- Necklace hangs 15.5" long including naja.
- Naja alone measures 3 3/4" x 3" and has a single dangling Sun God pendant for interest
- Strung on silver fox tail chain
- Dates late 1960's early 1970's
- Earrings are posts for pierced ears, hallmarked and measure 1"
- Earrings set with mother of pearl
- From a fine private collection of the finest Native American jewelry from the 1960's-2000's
- Sadie Laahte is the niece of Leekya Deyuse, the most renowned carver and jeweler from Zuni Pueblo
Are you someone who can pull of this bold, collectible, unmistakably Zuni design?