Large Dragonfly Pendant


Item Number: DR 1566
Pueblo: Acoma Pueblo
Artist: Walter Torres
Medium: sterling silver with lapis and malachite
Age: 2020
Dimensions: 4” X 4”



This is a lovely example of the iridescent creatures that flit close to water sources.

Walter has chosen to portray his dragonfly using semi-precious stones of lapis lazuli and malachite set on a body of sterling silver.  He has carefully cut each stone so it will fit snugly into sawtooth bezels. The wings are of the deep blue lapis and have beautiful inclusions of pyrite. The body of the dragonfly is the deep green of the malachite and each side has a series of sterling silver raindrops along the outer edges. The bail on the reverse side is created from a series of sterling silver raindrops. You can easily wear this stunning dragonfly with a chain or on a collar.

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 Condition – New.
Provenance: Acquired at MIAC Native Treasures, 2021.

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