Quantity: 1 available
Item/Description: Vintage Santo Domingo Kewa Pueblo rare OVERSIZED inlaid mosaic shell pendant.
This exquisite and quite sizeable work of art pendant is attractively divided into four sections by decorative copper ribbon strips. The topmost and bottommost sections are made up of a combination of polished crushed stones, some of which are turquoise, along with either jet &/or onyx, as well as other crushed stones in varying shades of green. The leftmost section is made up of tiny strips of coral inlay, and either jet &/or onyx inlay, while the rightmost portion is made up of some type of white, violet purple, lavender purple and tan/cheetah-like designs colored mosaic pieces.
The positioning of the copper metal accents design-wise somewhat resemble a horizontal, sideways letter Y pointing towards both the rightmost and the leftmost sides of the shell.
Weighing in at a solid 4.3 oz, it is as eye-catching as it is heavy.
This handcrafted artistic masterpiece will make for quite the head-turning statement necklace, as it is already pierced with two holes, ready for stringing with beads to further enhance it, or for immediately hanging on a colorful ribbon, string or chain.
Provenance: Acquired from the estate of renowned author Lillie Bernard Douglass who, until 1952, was also a co-owner of the Navajo-Hopi Indian Trading Post at Flagstaff, Arizona. We believe it was during that period of business ownership that she acquired this pendant, perhaps in the course of running her business, or on one of the many trips she and her husband were fond of taking.
***We cordially invite you to view the autographed copy of the book written by the original owner of this magnificent piece of jewelry, Lillie Bernard Douglass, “Cape Town to Cairo,” which we have available for separate purchase. To do so, simply type either her name or the book title into the search box.
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Age/Period: Vintage - exact date unknown
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Unmarked
Material(s)/Format: Seashell, copper metal, turquoise, coral, jet &/or onyx, and several other unknown colored stones (we are not gemstone experts)
Size/Measurements: Approximately 5 3/8" W x approximately 5 1/4" H
*To help provide a sense of proportion as to the HUGENESS of this stunning shell pendant, we have photographed it in comparison to a regular-sized coffee mug. It is both taller and wider than the mug.
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Excellent vintage collectible condition. There are a handful of very tiny pitting hole marks, a few tiny beneath-the-glaze openings (perhaps where a stone once was), and a handful of above-the-glaze indentations, all of which are barely noticeable to the naked eye but the camera lens does capture more than the eye can see on its own. The copper strips do exhibit a modicum of darker coloration areas which is not unusual for a vintage piece such as this, making for a much more interesting patina that is quite attractive.
Excerpted Research Information About the Original Owner of this Necklace, Author Lillie Bernard Douglass (attributed to “Cape Town to Cairo” book jacket): “Lillie Bernard Douglass was born near Rush Springs, Indian Territory a few weeks before the area became a part of the new state of Oklahoma. She married Ralph Karl Douglass of Anadarko in 1925. In 1927 she graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and worked as a registered pharmacist in Oklahoma, 1929-1936. Then until 1952 she was co-owner of the Navajo-Hopi Indian Trading Post at Flagstaff, Arizona...
Retiring to a country home at Sedona, Arizona she discovered the need for additional activity and began traveling a part of each year, first by automobile, then by trailer...
In 1959 Mr. And Mrs. Douglass went by freighter to Cape Town, South Africa to join forty other trailer families on a seven-months’ Wally Byam Caravan north to Cairo. After three months in the Middle East the Douglasses crossed over into Europe...Mrs. Douglass remained in Spain and Morocco, North Africa the following winter to write the account of her African experiences, CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO...”
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Title: Santo Domingo Kewa Pueblo GINORMOUS Mosaic Inlay Shell Pendant (5 3/8" W x 5/ 1/4" H) Turquoise, Coral +++ Other Stones & Copper ***USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!***
Categories: Necklaces & Pendants,
lbs: 1.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Santo Domingo Kewa Pueblo Shell Pendant
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