Bernard & Alice Leekya Homer Sr. Zuni Sterling Silver and Mother of Pearl Belt Buckle. Alice is the daughter of the famous Zuni Artist Leekya Deyuse and wife of Bernard Homer Sr. Sterling Silver and Channel Inlayed Mother of Pearl. 2.95" X 2.04".
Will accept a belt of up to 1.5. 51.4 grams = 1.65 Troy ounces. The Bernard & Alice Leekya Homer Sr.This wonderful Belt Buckle was made by the famous and talented Zuni artist couple Bernard and Alice Leekya Homer Sr. He was born in 1909. They were both active in producing jewelry from the 1940's until about 1988. They are perhaps the most famous for their freestyle channel inlay work (like this buckle), carved fetishes (she learned that skill from her famous father), and mosaic overlay buckles, necklaces, etc. As a noted Zuni artists, their work is featured in several high end galleries and collections in many of the major Native Jewelry catalogs and reference books.
This is Not signed "ALH" as these pieces sometimes are. There is no ambiguity as to the identity of the makers. It is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver and authentic. The wonderful Mother Of Pearl is radiant and dazzles in even low light conditions!
I have found no normally noticeable defects like cracked or loose stones, etc. A very close examination will reveal a bit of surface scratching that is not visible in high light conditions (with my eye glasses on) from about 2 feet away, as an example. The Sterling Silver and hardware is also all very good. The buckle has a moderate tarnish from several decades of caring use.
I believe that you will be pleased! The workmanship distinguishes this buckle and helps define it as being made by Alice Leekya Homer and her husband Bernard Homer Sr. It features a channel inlay pattern of several Mother of Pearl Shells with wonderful color and character. The Buckle is built up on a Sterling Silver base that has numerous pieces of Shell set tightly into the intricate Sterling Silver frame of the freestyle form.
I love the variation in the color shades of the Shell and the composition of the Sterling Silver Channels that create such and intriguing pattern. This is a large Buckle. This has a subtle and powerful beauty that may appeal to you. This is a highly desirable and magical museum quality piece.
Because of its large size, it is rare. I've traded lots of "fish scale" buckles and bolos made by other artists. Those made by Bernard Homer Sr.
And his wife Alice Leekya Homer are something entirely different and wonderful! This amazing Buckle is full of character and may be recognized by many people that know quality collectible Native jewelry. When you take a look at the pictures, please inspect the buckle pendant carefully for the fine detail in both design and execution. Your friends may compliment you and your taste in Zuni Jewelry. Recommended Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaff - page 176. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II" Gregory Schaff- page 248. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright."THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart. "ZUNI THE ART AND THE PEOPLE"- Bell- Volume I-III. KNIFEWING AND RAINBOWMAN IN ZUNI JEWELRY - Toshi Sei - pages 12,134. R eference only Buckle ALH2. The item "BERNARD & ALICE LEEKYA HOMER Zuni BELT BUCKLE Sterling Silver with Mother of Pearl" is in sale since Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
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