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Zuni Sun Face Earrings


Item Number: DR 1605
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: CDV
Medium: Sterling silver, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, and jet
Age: Circa 2015
Dimensions:  1 1/8” X 5 /8”


SKU: DR 1605 Categories: , ,


These iconic earrings are just the things to wear every day as they capture the spirit of the southwest.

The Sun Face is an ancient symbol in Zuni culture, where it represents the sacred Sun Father. The Zuni have always honored the Sun’s vital role in the cycling of seasons and the success of crops, recognizing that the Sun’s warmth sustains life, enables growth, and brings joy and prosperity to the people. The symbol’s round motif depicts the Sun with a forehead split down the middle to reflect the eternal balance between sunrise and sunset. Rectangular eyes and a round mouth complete the face, and the whole is encircled by feathers that radiate outward like sunlight.

The turquoise in the upper-right represents oneness between the physical and spiritual realms; the coral alongside it offers protection and comfort. The Sun’s main face is made of mother of pearl, which embodies intuition and imagination, while the black jet of fossilized wood completes the face’s features. Together these four materials and their vividly contrasting colors balance each other within a unified circle.

Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in Santa Fe.