Vintage Native American Zuni Turquoise Snake Belt Buckle

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G. Calavaza - Zuni Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Snake Buckle
HK Item #M532 

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Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

Size
3 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Fits a 1 1/2" belt
Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, Read about stones
Weight
104 grams
Hallmarks
G. CALAVAZA
ZUNI NM
Artist
G. Calavaza, Zuni

Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

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G. Calavaza - Zuni Pawn
Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Snake Belt Buckle

#M532 - $650 SOLD

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Paula says - "Very heavy, beautiful stones, hand cut bezels. Classic Calavaza snake motif. Note the hammer marks on the back of this buckle - it was all hand made - before the days when there were sterling silver buckle blanks to start with! Very cool old piece!!"

Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

Will fit a 1 1/2" wide belt.

Zuni turquoise snake  belt buckle

The Snake

The snake in some Native American cultures represents speed and swiftness, the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow and they often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall, fertility and healing. Snake symbols are rarely seen in Navajo jewelry and art but are often used by Zuni.

We here in northern Colorado live with snakes on a seasonal basis - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.


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