VELMA & BLAKE LESANSEE Zuni Owl Channel Inlay Squash Blossom Necklace 26-1/2 Inch


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  • A wonderful piece of Zuni jewelry and wearable art. This necklace made by Velma and Blake Lesansee (see page 4,5 in Bell, Zuni The Art and the People , Vol 3), is composed of 12 inlaid owls + the Naja.
  • Husband-and-wife team Blake and Velma Lesansee started working together in the mid-1950s. They are best known for an inlaid owl design in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins.
  • These artists are represented in such in museums such as the Kennedy Museum of Art & New Mexico Museum in Santa Fe.
  • There are pictures in Bassman, Theda. Zuni Jewelry. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Publishing Co., 1992, p. 25. Also in the discontinued Bell, Ed and Barbara. Zuni: The Art and the People Vol.3. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1977, p. 4-5.
  • Furthermore, there is a description in Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Shiffer Publishing Ltd., 2000, p. 102-103.
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Length of Necklace  
Naja Measurements 
2-1/2″ wide x 2-3/8″ tall
Top of Necklace to Bottom of Naja 


Sterling Silver, Tortoise Shell, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, Sea Shell & Coral

Weight in grams   

Artist’s Identity 
Velma and Blake Lesansee Silversmith 
See above description