Lee Weebothee (1929 - ) and Mary Weebothee (1933 - )

Husband-and-wife team Lee and Mary Weebothee have garnered much acclaim for their fine jewelry. In the 1970s, they were recognized as having won "more Grand Prize Awards than any Zuni artisans in history" (Scottsdale Weekly, February 13, 1970). They started working together in the late 1940s, he doing the silverwork, she cutting the stones, and both setting the domed and meticulously matched stones that make their work distinctive. They sign their work with ZUNI LEE/MARY.

Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Pin
Turquoise, silver
n.d.
4.5 in. x 4.75 in.
KMA 89.016.438
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Pin
Turquoise, silver, 1922 U.S. silver dollar
n.d.
3 in. diameter
KMA 89.016.437
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Bolo
Silver, jet, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, shell, leather
n.d.
3 in. diameter
KMA 89.016.383
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Bracelet
Bisbee turquoise, silver
c. 1960
2.625 in. x 2 in.
KMA 89.016.318
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Earrings
Silver, Bisbee turquoise
c. 1960
1in. diameter
KMA 89.016.318a 1 & 2
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Bolo
Coral, silver, leather
n.d.
21.5 in.
KMA 89.016.677
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Buckle
Coral, silver
n.d.
3 in. x 2.5 in.
KMA 89.016.677.1
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Ring
Coral, silver
n.d.
1 in. x 1 in.
KMA 89.016.677.2
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Watch
Coral, silver
n.d.
3 in. x 1.25 in.
KMA 89.016.677.3
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Tie tac
Coral, silver
n.d.
1 in. diameter
KMA 89.016.677.4
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Cuff links
Coral, silver
n.d.
1 in. diameter
KMA 89.016.677.5 A & B
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Tie bar
Coral, silver
n.d.
1 in. x 2.25 in.
KMA 89.016.677.6
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Buckle
Silver, Burnham turquoise
n.d.
.5 in. x 2.25 in.
KMA 89.016.1012
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Ring
Coral, silver
n.d.
1 in. x 1.1875 in.
KMA 89.016.1030
 
Lee and Mary Weebothe (Zuni)
Ring
Silver, turquoise
n.d.
.97 in. x 1.16 in.
KMA 89.016.1041
 


Links:

http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zunimosaic/47768787/
http://www.sedonaindianjewelry.com/jewelry/Rings/rings.htm
http://www.eindianjewelry.com/?page=details.php&item=43679


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