Actual inlay, stone against stone, is a Zuni specialty. At mid century, it was almost a Zuni exclusive. Nowadays, the technique is wildly copied. But as a people, none outshine the inimitable Zuni.
Some artists like Isabelle and Chauncey began making “lapidaries” in cabochon form, a shortcut working sans silver channel work. Their notable HORSE was a huge success and is shown in this specimen, ca.1970s.
Their silverwork is likewise distinctive, with silver leaves popular then, simple edge trim. a few stamped drops, and dimpled ground. Kingman turquoise. Measures 2”x 1 3/4”.
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