Vintage Sterling Silver and Stone Inlay Knifewing Necklace

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1950's Vintage - Sterling Silver
Inlay Knifewing Necklace

HK Item #N343

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Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Size
27" end to end
naja 2 1/4" x 1 3/4";
Knifewing figures 3/4" x 7/8";
6.5 mm beads
Weight
116 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
turquoise, coral, jet, Read about stones
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; inlay firmly set wtih no chips, cracks or missing pieces; see photos for patina
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Naja is 2 1/4" wide x 1 3/4" tall.

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch


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1950s Vintage - Sterling Silver
Inlay Knifewing Necklace

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Paula says - "This vintage necklace is from the 1950s era. The sixteen Knifewing figures are inlaid with turquoise, coral and jet.

"In my opinion, this necklace shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Zuni made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Knifewing figures are 3/4" wide x 7/8" tall.
6.5 mm beads strung on foxtail chain.

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

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Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Vintage1950s sterling silver and stone Inlay Knifewing necklace 27 inch

Who is Knifewing?

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.

Anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, who lived with the Zunis from 1879-1884 described knifewing this way:

"This curious god is the hero of hundreds of folklore tales, the tutelary deity of several societies of Zuni. He is represented as possessing a human form, furnished with flint knife-feathered pinions, and tail. His dress consists of the conventional terraced cap (representative of his dwelling place among the clouds). His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning. His guardians or warriors are the Great Mountain Lion of the North and that of the upper regions. He was doubtless the original War God of the Zunis."

Horace Iule (also known for his crosses) is credited with creating the first knifewing design in the late 1920s, cut and filed out of wrought silver. Afterwards, other Zuni, Navajo and Pueblo began producing knifewing designs. The knifewing became one of the first designs that the Zuni inlaid with stones.

Naja - The Naja has its origin with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye. It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it came to Mexico via the Spanish Moors and from there was adopted the Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many squash blossom necklaces.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.


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