Date: 19th Century if not earlier
Media: Shell, turquoise
Dimensions: .75″ by .75″ (shell only)
Description: These sweet and early earrings are a rare find. The patina to them, smooth and well worn, shows an early date likely 19th century. The small piece of round turquoise has been inlaid into the shell with pinon pitch. A hole has been drilled in the top of each piece. The hide going through the earring hides the hole. The hide has a single blue, glass bead to secure it on the shell. I imagine that the original use had a metal ring going through the hole to attach to the ear.
Provenance: A private collection in Albuquerque. These were collected in the 1960s and it’s thought that these would have come out of the Zuni Pueblo.
Condition: Condition is original without restoration.