Virgil Benn (c. 1935- ) and Shirley Benn (c. 1936- )
Virgil Benn, who is of Zuni and Paiute ancestry, and his wife Shirley Benn, who is Hopi/Tewa, work in mosaic inlay. Shirley is the granddaughter of famous Hopi potter Nampeyo. Daisy Hooee Nampeyo, who was herself a master of the art of mosaic inlay, was Shirley's mother. Shirley's father was Daisy's first husband, who was Tewa. When Daisy married Leo Poblano, she and Shirley moved to Zuni.
Sunface Mosaic and Channel Inlay Buckle
Virgil and Shirley Benn (Zuni)
Feathers, mother-of-pearl, blue green turquoise and coral mosaic and channel inlay; sunface design
c. 1950
3.17” x 4.05”
KMA 89.016.328A
Virgil and Shirley Benn (Zuni)
Silver, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, shell, tortoise shell, jet, leather
no date
3.375 in x ??; 19 in. long
KMA 89.016.916

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