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Zuni knife wing bird pin

Zuni knife wing bird pin

Artist: Lambert Homer (Zuni, 1917 - 1972)

Department: History
Date: c. 1940
Medium: silver, turquoise, jet, coral, white shell
Dimensions:
2 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (6.4 × 6.7 cm)
Classification: Jewelry & Adornment
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of the estate of Dorothy B. Whitten
Object number: PC1989.24.12
DescriptionSilver and turquoise Zuni Knifewing bird pin

Not on view
Label Text:Knife-wing pin, 1940
Lambert Homer, Zuni
Silver, turquoise, jet, coral, white shell
Gift of the Estate of Dorothy B. Whitten, PC1989.24.12

Achiyalataba (the Knife-wing) is a revered deity of the Bow Priest Society. His image appears on the Zuni tribal emblem, and also appeared on Fred Harvey Company and C.G. Wallace letterhead. His likeness has been interpreted in a number of techniques; Lambert Homer crafted this one in mosaic inlay.

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