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Vintage Zuni Thunderbird ring, c. 1940s


This sterling ring features a thunderbird in profile, built from intricate inlay work of onyx, abalone shell, turquoise, and coral. Vintage Zuni piece estimated to be made in the 1940s. Sterling silver shows a natural patina and minor wear consistent with the age of this stunning piece.

Ring measures 1 3/" tall, and 1 1/16" wide.

On a tour of New Mexico in the winter of 1929-1930, Dr. Barnes acquired a large number of turquoise and silver jewelry pieces, which are displayed alongside paintings and other objects. As with all of his purchases, he chose pieces according to the principles of light, line, color, and form. The same artistic traditions Dr. Barnes admired continue in jewelry making practices today. You can enjoy the beauty and grace of this timeless style with pieces made by contemporary designers working in long-held traditions.