This is a handcrafted Zuni Belt Buckle by noted artists Bobby and Corraine Shack. The belt buckle features exacting cuts of inlay in a Thunderbird design. Stones and Shells include Polished Jet, Mother of Pearl, Red Coral and Turquoise all set in Sterling Silver. The reverse of the belt buckle is signed by the artists noted as BC Shack and is stamped Zuni Sterling.
The belt buckle measures approximately 2 7/8 inches long by 1 15/16 inches tall and can accommodate a belt up to 1 1/2 inch wide. Total weight of this piece is 51.6 grams.
In addition to being superb silversmiths, the Shacks are also important cultural leaders within the Zuni Nation having acted as both political and religious leaders. They work to preserve Zuni language and customs and to educate others in Zuni ways of life by mentoring and teaching students in the art of Jewelry Making, Native American Cooking, Storytelling, Zuni Music and Dance and Design.