Native American

Pheasant Pin

Artist: Dale Edaakie
Culture/People: Zuni
Place: New Mexico
Media: Silver, inlaid mother of pearl, opal, and coral
Dims: 5.5 x 3.5 in. (12.7 x 8.89 cm)
Date: c.2007
RTC No: NA1314
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

This expressive inlaid pin that perfectly captures a pheasant in mid-flight was created by the Zuni artist Dale Edaakie. Edaakie is part of a lineage of master inlay artists from Zuni, including his parents Dennis and Nancy Edaakie, who are widely known for their highly detailed bird imagery. Dale learned the technique from his parents—making many striking bird images such as this one—and eventually coming to focus on etched and inlay animal imagery which includes bolos, pins, and bracelets adorned with elk, bears, horses, even frogs, and bees.

This expressive inlaid pin that perfectly captures a pheasant in mid-flight was created by the Zuni artist Dale Edaakie. Edaakie is part of a lineage of master inlay artists from Zuni, including his parents Dennis and Nancy Edaakie, who are widely known for their highly detailed bird imagery. Dale learned the technique from his parents—making many striking bird images such as this one—and eventually coming to focus on etched and inlay animal imagery which includes bolos, pins, and bracelets adorned with elk, bears, horses, even frogs, and bees.

Edaakie is a master of color and detail and this pin illustrates his ability to express movement and action through the iridescent shells and stones and his carefully etched lines and markings.

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