This is a double-sided Zuni pendant with a Kokopelli and Clown figure inlaid on either side. It is made from sterling silver, lapis lazuli, Mediterranean coral, pink mussel shell and turquoise. The craftsman’s technique used here is called inlay.
During ceremony, the Clown is known as the entertainer. His behavior is loud and noisy in conversation and actions, menacing spectators in humor. He likes to act out improper behavior in life, always exaggerating to portray a lesson and too much of anything can be a bad thing, for individuals and the tribe. He likes to perform and often drums for other dancers. He usually offers a treat to the audience. This clown is carrying a watermelon for the crowd.
The Kokopelli has domain over the seasons. His fluteplaying chases the Winter away and brings Spring for rain.
This Zuni pendant measures: 2-3/4 in. x 1-1/2 in. including bail. It is unsigned.
The chain pictured is sold separately.