Benjamin (Ben or Benji) Tzunie

Benjamin Tzunie specializes in large pendants combining clusterwork and inlay. He limits production of any single design to ten. Tzunie both engraves his signature on his work and stamps it with an image of a sunrise.

Benjamin Tzunie (Zuni)
Rainbow God Design Bolo
c. 1977
4.5 in. x 8.5 in. x 21 in. long
Silver, coral or spiny oyster, jet, shell/mother-of-pearl, leather
KMA 89.016.380
 


Sources:
Bassman, Theda. Treasures of the Zuni. Northland Publishing, 1996, p. 47.
Bell, Ed and Barbara. Zuni: the Art and the People. Grants, NM: Squaw Bell Traders, 1977, p. 48.
Ostler, James, Milford Nahohai, and Marian Rodee. Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths. Zuni, NM: Zuni A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 125.
Schaaf, Gregory. American Indian Jewelry: 1200 Biographies. Santa Fe, NM: CIAC Press, p. 315.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen:PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2000, p. 174.