This fantastic inlaid sterling silver bolo was created by Zuni artist Dale Edaakie, son of the famed Dennis & Nancy Edaakie, brother to Derrick and Sanford Edaakie. Dale is a multiple award winner and his work is featured in galleries across the Southwest.
We picked this treasure up from dead pawn jewelry from a respectable pawn shop located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have been dealing with this pawn shop for many years now and it is a true pawn shop, that has been serving the needs of its Native American clients for many generations.
The bolo features a representation of a pronghorn antelope, an animal commonly found in the western United States. The antelope is inlaid with brown pen shell, white Mother of Pearl and black jet. The inlay is etched in places to give the realistic illusion of fur. The antelope measures 3 inches long from head to tail by 3-1/2 inches tall from hoof to antler. The sturdy leather bolo tie is 40 inches long with fancy 2-1/4 inch long sterling silver bolo tips. Excellent condition, except the silver bolo tips have a few dings in them. Hallmarked by the artist, Dale Edaakie.
The exact age of the bolo is unknown. Dale was born in 1957 and he specializes in mosaic inlay. He focuses on representations of animals, rather than birds, like other Eddakie family members. He refers to himself as a Wildlife artist.