This bold and striking bolo tie is by award-winning Zuni artist Eldred Martinez, who comes from a long line of well-known Zuni silversmiths. He learned jewelry making by helping his parents and by the age of 12 was already making his own pieces, selling to dealer Mickey Vanderwagon on the way to school. This bolo tie of the Longhorn Kachina combines the masterful work for which Martinez is known: mosaic inlay, in which pieces of stone and shell are fit together seamlessly to make a component, and stone carving, where details are cut into the turquoise and shell. Martinez cites stone carver Dale Edaaki as an early influence. Perhaps the thing that really makes Martinez's stone work unique is the way he every so slightly stacks stones to create a bas-relief, three dimensional effect. That is exactly what he has done with the Kachina's face in this bolo, giving it such presence. Martinez has made the Longhorn Kachina over and over in various forms, including a brooch/pendant, but I especially love it as a bolo. The piece is circa 1990s; I did replace the tips.
The bolo slider (the main part) measures 2-1/8" wide by 2-3/8" long. The leather lariat is thick and has a teeny bit of fraying from wear. The clasp is a traditional Bennett. Placing the slider on the jeweler's scale, with the tips hanging off, the weight is about 45g. The lariat is about 45" long including tips and hangs to about 20-21" depending on one's neck size. In excellent condition.
A bolo that will be passed through the family for generations.
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