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Bolo Tie by Effie Calavaza (1927-2019), Zuni

Regular price $795.00 Sale

Bolo Tie with Snake Design, c. 1980
by Effie Calavaza (1927-2019), Zuni
sterling silver, Kingman turquoise stones
Bolo: 3” long x 2.25” wide, Tips: 1.5” long, 40” cord including tips

Effie Calavaza is from Zuni, New Mexico. She is perhaps one of the most widely recognized Zuni artists. Her jewelry is unmistakable, and very sought after by collectors. Effie specializes in sand casting and incorporates large stones and she is famous for her snake designs.

She began silversmithing in 1956 after learning from her husband, Juan Calavaza. She uses both her husband's and her own designs. Her work is stamped EFFIE C. ZUNI in 1/16 Gothic print. This is the family hallmark used by Effie and her three daughters (she shared her spouse's mark, JUAN C. ZUNI, until his death ca. 1970).

Over the years, Effie's daughters Georgiana Yatsattie, Gloria Jean Garcia and Susie Calavaza assisted their mother with her jewelry. Today, they are carrying on the tradition of creating the snake patterned jewelry.

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