Ted Weahkee Zuni Pot Inlay Squash Necklace and Earring Set (1930s)
This SQUASH is UNMATCHED!!!!! It is actually a 1930s SET! It includes an INLAY SQUASH with matching earrings by the renowned artist TEDDY WEAHKEE. Like many others, he sold his jewelry to C.G. Wallace. WEAHKEE was an extremely talented and generous man. He was a master of many things. He was governor of Zuni at one time, fought in World War II, was a painter, a carver, a husband and a father. Teddy having worked as an archeologist on ancestral pueblo sites was much inspired by artifacts he saw there. His jewelry illustrates this. I’ve heard also that the entire Weahkee family are extremely kind and generous and that those virtues are felt in the wearing of their pieces.
This is a rare beauty!!! I have been unable to track down any like it. Although I have seen smaller Weahkee pieces and inlay pot cuff links, I have seen no pot inlay necklaces. Along with the handmade sterling silver beads, This piece features meticulously placed Onyx, Spiny Oyster, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl. This set is so spectacular and RARE!
The Sterling Silver Handmade Beads measure approximately 8.5 mm. The necklace weighs 177 grams and is 28 inches long. The Earrings weigh 7 grams.