Sun Face Multi-Inlay - Large
White Mother of Pearl
Chrysocolla, Opal, Lapis, Turquoise,
Jet, and Orange Spiny
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Stanford & Geraldine Gchachu, Zuni
Spectacular large statement-piece pendant/pin in Stanford's signature design.
The Sun Face Kachina is extremely sacred to the Zuni. Portraying a Zuni Kachina in it's totality for anything but closed (to non-Zuni's) religious ceremonies is strictly forbidden. At some point it became acceptable to represent the face only. Since that time, it has become one of the most popular designs in Zuni jewelry.
Stanford is a nephew of well known Zuni jeweler Smokey Gchachu.
On my buying trips, I look high and low for Stanford and Geraldine's work. Last I knew, everyone said they had not seen him in a very long time. I found three good-sized pieces at an out-of-the way place. I have no idea if they are still working but these are the only pieces I've managed to get in three years.
This is the largest of the three pieces I acquired, the other two are gone.
Materials: White Mother of Pearl, Opal, Turquoise, Jet, Lapis, Orange Spiny, & Sterling SIlver
Dimensions (Pendant only): 3"H x 1-7/8"W
Signed: Stanford & Geraldine Gchachu Zuni (engraved)
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