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Bear Overlay Concho Belt

Garrett & Serena Banteah

About The Bear Overlay Concho Belt

Primarily lozenge-shaped ovals, the buckle and 11 conchos are executed in hand-cut out overlay silver.

The subject is a walking bear in profile. Details of the fur and features are file carved and stamped. The bear is "haloed" by a sunburst of stamped and cut rays. Beneath the bear's paws is a stepped "double key" or scroll pattern. The buckle has the same handsome design but is overall just a bit larger--with a hook for the belt holes instead of a tongue.

Each concho is secured to the belt strap with two copper bands. This belt can be worn by a gent as well as a gal--making a striking statement added to any collection/ wardrobe.

Savvy Price $1,950.00

Gallery Price $2,400.00

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Description

Primarily lozenge-shaped ovals, the buckle and 11 conchos are executed in hand-cut out overlay silver.

The subject is a walking bear in profile. Details of the fur and features are file carved and stamped. The bear is "haloed" by a sunburst of stamped and cut rays. Beneath the bear's paws is a stepped "double key" or scroll pattern. The buckle has the same handsome design but is overall just a bit larger--with a hook for the belt holes instead of a tongue.

Each concho is secured to the belt strap with two copper bands. This belt can be worn by a gent as well as a gal--making a striking statement added to any collection/ wardrobe.

About the Artist

This Zuni couple were known to have created work utilizing mosaic and channel inlay. They are listed in Barton Wright's book as well as Gregory Schaaf's volume American Indian Jewelry 1200 Artist Biographies. Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and pins using silver, coral, jet and mother-of-pearl, among other materials, were frequently made by this duo. The two actively made their jewelry between 1978 and 1994. Favorite designs cited are butterflies and horses.

Medium Sterling silver with leather
Size 1 1/2" height X 1 7/8" width is the measurement of each concho, as well as the buckle. Belt is 40" in length and 1" in width.
Signed GSB Sterling is stamped on back side of buckle
Date of creation Circa 1985
Condition Excellent
Provenance From the famed Vault Collection assembled over a period of 40+ years! R-75 WH