Zuni Inlaid Dragonfly Pendant

Zuni Inlaid Dragonfly Pendant


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This bright and cheerful dragonfly was made by Zuni silversmith and inlay jeweler, Allison Dishta.  The graceful antennae swirl above the jet and turquoise inlaid face and land gently on the wings.  The wings are inlaid gold lip mother of pearl with natural red coral on the top wings, an sleeping Beauty turquoise on the bottom wings.  The body is mother of pearl, with inlaid abalone in the section below, and natural red coral on the bottom section.  Silver dots highlight the sections and the tail.  More about dragonflies below.

Size: 2.5" H x 1.375" W

Dragonflies have different, yet similar meanings throughout Native America.  In Zuni, they are messengers between this world and the next and are related to the coming rains and corn.  In other tribes they are strong protectors, as dragonflies are one of the very few creatures that can fight while flying backwards.  They are known to watch our backs and offer protection.  Their symbol is a vertical line with two horizontal bars, and can be seen on war shirts, shields and painted on horses going into battle.