Traditional Zuni needle point Squash blossom. Circa 1950's. There are 10 blossoms and a large Naja. The Zuni artist has hand cut almost 200 stones in making this necklace. Measuring 12'' in length with a 3" x 2"1/2 Naja. Handmade beads. Matching earrings are included. This is an amazing example of a 1950's Zuni squash blossom.
SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE: While squash blossom imagery can be found in petroglyphs (rock art) that pre-date European contact in the Southwest, Dubin said the squash blossom necklace was created in the late 1870s or early 1880s after the native people of the area contacted Spanish Mexicans. The Navajo, it is believed, were the first tribe to adopt the design, but by the early 1900s, the art form had spread to neighboring tribes, including the Zuni and the Pueblo. While the entire necklace has taken its name from one type of bead, the classic squash blossom necklace has three distinct parts: the plain round beads; the round beads Naja. It is also representative of the womb, and when a squash blossom necklace features a single turquoise nugget suspended from the Naja, it is often interpreted to be symbolic of a child in the womb.