This is traditional work in a vintage piece: an overlay mosaic stone and shell pendant. Mary individually cut and polished all of the pieces and laid them out in the desired design. Then she adhered them on top of a purple pectin shell using a Pueblo-made homemade “glue” (which seemingly lasts forever). She used a strip of sterling silver on the front to make part of the design and on the back to form a loop which she attached to the back of the shell thereby creating
Born in 1936, Mary is now in here 80s.
As far as the design, the rectangular spondylus set in the turquoise might represent a window at Chaco Canyon. Similar pieces date back 1,000 years to Chaco Canyon and other Southwestern sites.
Artist: Mary Coriz Lovato
Tribe: Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Materials: Turquoise, spondylus (spiny oyster) shell, coral, black jet, green snail shell and sterling silver
Measurements: 2.75″ L x 2.75″ at widest point