Pueblo cross necklace, the design commonly referred to as "Isleta cross" necklace.
26 1/2" long+ cross naja that is 4" long
("centavos" still evident on some of the smaller Isleta crosses)
--large cross appears to be mixed metals (brass and silver). It has beautiful, very fine stamping along the edges.
Excellent condition; restrung onto wire at some time in its history.
The Pueblos and Navajos learned silvermaking from the Mexicans and were heavily influenced by them. Their production of silver jewelry flourished during the 1880s and it was in this period that the Navajo developed the squash blossom design. The Pueblo, most especially those at Isleta, preferred necklaces made out of crosses.
"The Pueblos often shaped their cruciform versions [of the cross] to resemble the dragonfly, a design that honored the sacred nature of the sun" (Baxter, Paula. Southwest Silver Jewelry, Schiffer Publishing, 2001, page 35). These are known as double-barreled crosses.
The bottom of the cross is known as the "bruised heart" design (Lincoln, Louise. Southwest Indian Silver From the Doneghy Collection, Austin, Texas: Minneapolis Institute of Arts and University of Texas Press, 1982, page 107).
REDUCED TO $6500.
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