George Leekity and Lupeta Leekity (1942)

Lupeta Leekity is the daughter of Horace and Lupe Iule. Leekity and her husband George carry on her father's casting tradition. Both learned from Lupeta's father. Known for his mastery of silvercasting, Horace Iule was one of the first Zunis to produce the mythological Knife-Wing figure in silver. He is best known today for his castwork crosses. Lupeta worked with her father from age 13 on.

George and Lupeta still use her father's designs, casting new pieces from his originals. When they use Horace Iule's designs, they stamp "Iule" on them. George also does his own original designs and stamps "G & L Leekity" on them.

Lupeta's brothers, Barney and Phillip, and George and Lupeta's daughter Rosella also do castwork.


George and Lupeta Leekity (Zuni)
Necklace
silver
n.d.
2.25 in. x 1.125 in.
KMA 89.016.627
 
George and Lupeta Leekity (Zuni)
Pendant
Silver, Kingman turquoise
n.d.
1.46 in. x 2.33 in.
KMA 89.016.540
 
George and Lupeta Leekity (Zuni)
Pendant
Silver, turquoise
c. 1977
2.875 in. x 1.875 in.; 11.5 in. long
KMA 89.016.469
 
George and Lupeta Leekity (Zuni)
Belt
Silver, coral, leather
n.d.
2.375 in. x 2 in.; 46 in. long
KMA 89.016.38
 
Links:
http://www.adobegallery.com/detail.php?item_id=1055527170
http://www.joemilo.com/cr1014.html
http://www.turquoisevillage.com/bb98.html
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Sources:
Levy, Gordon. Who’s Who in Zuni Jewerly. Denver, Colo.: Western Arts Publishing Co., 1980, p. 25, 27, 62.
Ostler, James, Marian Rodee, and Milford Nahohai. Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths. Zuni, N.Mex.: A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 73-74.
Schaaf, Gregory. American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies. Santa Fe, N.Mex.: CIAC Press, 2003, p. 213.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2000, p. 101.