Zuni Inlay Butterfly

Zuni Inlay Butterfly

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Zuni silversmith and inlay jeweler, Caroline Edaakie, made this colorful butterfly that is sure to bring joy!  The head and bottom section of the body are natural red coral, and the antennae are gracefully attached to the top wing.   Shimmering abalone is inlaid below the head.  Each wing is inlaid with gold lip mother of pearl, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, jet, and mother of pearl.  The tail ends in a sterling silver water drop shape.  The bale is a perfect circle and looks like it will fit up to 8mm beads.  More about dragonflies below.

Size: 2" H x 1.5" 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.