Juan de Dios (or Dideos or Didedios or Deleosa) (1882 - c. 1944)

In his influential study of 1944, The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, John Adair identified Juan Dedios as one of the finest Zuni artisans. He became known for superior silver casting. Like Teddy Weahkee and Horace Iule, Dedios was one of the first producers of Knife Wing figures. He also made cast conchas, bowguards, bracelets and crucifixes. Dedios worked closely with trader C. G. Wallace, who retained many of his pieces for his private collection.

Juan Dedios (Zuni)
Knifewing Bolo
3.25 in. x 3 in. x 20 in. long
Silver, coral, leather
KMA 89.016.669
Juan Dedios (Zuni)
Pin or pendant
Turquoise, silver
3.30 in. x 3.2 in. x .5 in.
KMA 89.016.804


Adair, John. The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1944, p. 149-150.
Baxter, Paula. Southwest Silver Jewelry. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2001. p 92, 115, 128.
Ostler, James, Marian Rodee, Milford Nahohai. Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths. Zuni, N.Mex.: Zuni A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996. p75, 86.
Slaney, Deborah C. Blue Gem, White Metal: Carvings and Jewelry from the C. G. Wallace Collection. Phoenix: Heard Museum, 1998, p. 33.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2000. p58.