Manta Cluster Pin


Item Number: DR 1279
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Veronica Martza
Medium: Turquoise and silver
Age: Circa 1970s
Dimensions: 1 3/8” diameter



There are 100 beautiful Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones in this Manta pin. Each one has been very carefully cut and shaped to fit perfectly in concentric four circles ending with a single stone in the center. Each row of petit point stone is separated with a silver rain drop. Each row is divided by a silver hand twisted wire. On the back there are four rounded shanks to sew this pin to the manta.

A Manta is a rectangular weaving that is worn as a blanket or wrapped around as a dress. Now it is used for dances and special occasions. Typically, they were pinned at the shoulder and along the side to keep the material together. This is where the use of Manta pins originated – to keep the sides together. Manta pins are now quite collectable and worn as a pin or as a pendant.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased at Zuni Pueblo

Additional information

Weight 3 oz