Bobby Shack often collaborates with his wife Corraine. They are famed for their Zuni inlay Thunderbirds and Hummingbirds. Often sought by collectors, Bobby and Corraine sign their work B C. SHACK, ZUNI.
This Thunderbird Bracelet is a stunning example of the caliber of Shack's artwork. Bobby uses an array of stones: Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, Pen Shell, Red Coral and Jet. The stone-to-stone inlay creates a rich, colorful image. Not only is the Thunderbird fantastical in color, it is vivaciously shaped to further convey its majestic character.
The level of detail in this design is awe-inspiring. From the Red Coral Beak to the Patterned Wings, Shack fills his Thunderbird with life and spirit.
The Thunderbird has a range of meanings to Native Americans, which differ across locations. To the Zuni Pueblo, Thunderbird is a symbol of creation and marks the separation between the heavens and the earth. Also known as the Skyamsen, he is the dominating force of all natural activity.
To wear this Bracelet is to revere the Creator, Destroyer and Controller of Nature. A truly show-stopping piece, this Bracelet is a talking point, a work of art and a nod to meaningful symbolism.
Center 1 1/2" tall- 1 1/2" wide.