This is a Dead Pawn bolo tie by Zuni artist Dean Qualo. This Steer inspired piece is created with inlay cuts of Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise, White Melon Shell, Pink Mussel Shell and Abalone Shell crafted in Sterling Silver. The reverse of this piece is signed by Dean noted as D Qualo and is also signed Zuni SS for Sterling Silver.
The main work of art measures approximately 2 1/8 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide at the tallest and widest points. The leather cord including the sterling silver tips and inlay art work measures approximately 46 inches.
Total weight of this piece including the center art, leather and tips is 40.9 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.