Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 613 A Zuni Girl border=
Title:
Plate 613 A Zuni Girl
Date:
1903
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
In this picture by Edward S. Curtis a young Zuni girls poses for the camera. She is heavily adorned with necklaces, including squash blossoms and beads of various types. She has a short and stylish haircut and is wearing a woven blanket. You can also notice a silver bangle and ring.

Zuni, lineal descendant of the glamorous Seven Cities of Cibola so eagerly sought by the conquistadores, occupies a portion of the site of Halona, one of those all but prehistoric towns, a site on the north bank of Zuñi River in the extreme western part of New Mexico not far from the Arizona boundary. Tillable lands of considerable area border the river course (which is almost dry during the summer), and smaller valleys of pleasing aspect are traversed by the affluent creeks, Nutria, Pescado, and Ojo Caliente. Away from the valleys the surface is broken by low hills and beetling mesas, and from an elevation one descries in the east the dark, shadowy outline of the pine-forested Zuñi range.

This photogravure was taken by Edward Curtis in 1903 and printed on his finest of materials, Deluxe Japanese Tissue paper. An original vintage photogravure of “A Zuni Girl” is on display in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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