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Jay Bobelu Spiny Oyster Inlaid Dragonfly Cuff


Item Number: DR 1536
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Jay Bobelu
Medium: Sterling silver, Spiny Oyster, turquoise, mother of pearl, and jet
Age: 2020
Dimensions: 1” wide; inside measurement of 5 1/8” plus a gap of 1 1/4” for a total circumference of 6 3/8”; the dragonfly is 2” x 2 ½”



What a fabulous piece of wearable art!

This stunning cuff features beautiful inlay of jet, Spiny Oyster, turquoise and mother of pearl elegantly surrounding a wide sterling silver cuff. Each side of the cuff is trimmed with sterling silver twist wire as an accent. Sitting atop the center of the cuff is a lovely dragonfly using the same inlay stones. Each wing of the dragonfly is accented with matching kiva step designs of jet, turquoise, mother of pearl, spiny oyster along with a bit of the same twist wire found on the cuff.

The Zuni word for dragonfly is Shumak’olo:wa.  A dragonfly is believed to be the messenger who carries prayers to Spirit World. The double-winged form of the dragonfly is sometimes referred to as the Pueblo Cross. You will find this symbol on pottery, in jewelry, and in the art of the Pueblo People. Dragonflies are found around water and always signifies life, for where there are dragonflies, there is water; where there is water, there is life.

Condition: Excellent – original – new.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.