A large turquoise bear is charmingly peeking out of a silver bolo tie by Master Zuni artist, Leekya Deyuse. He has black eyes, coral nostrils and a sweet smile! A turquoise bird accents the top in coral beads and a turquoise leaf sits below him. The silver is stamped by Preston Monongye making it a real treasure. This bolo is from the collection of Don and Nita Hoel and was photographed for the book, “Fetishes and Carvings of the Southwest”. Leekya Deyuse Bolo Tie Zuni
Leekya Deyuse, one the most well known and finest fetish carvers in the history of Zuni was born in 1889. Leekya created beautiful fetish necklaces, carved animals (table fetishes) of assorted stones, turquoise figurines and fetishes set in jewelry. Leekya worked for C.G. Wallace, a well know and influential trader at Zuni for 50 years. He had 3 children, Frances, Alice and Sarah. Some of his grandchildren and great grandchildren carving today are Delvin, Freddie, and Hayes Leekya, Juana Homer, Patrick Homer and Bernard Homer, Jr. Old Man Leekya died in 1966.
Leekya Deyuse, Preston Monongye
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Silver Bolo Measures 2-1/2" by 2-1/2"~The Bear Measures 1-1/2" by 1-1/2"