|Leo Poblano (1905-1959), American Indian, Zuni Pueblo|
This is by far one of the most unusual wing treatments we've ever seen. It is more reminiscent of an archangel than a thunderbird.
There is great depth in the selection of shell hue, shades and grain. The outer edges are beautifully sculptured, rolled and polished. There is a theatrical dynamic, a life and movement to this creature that is singular and found in the best of Leo Poblano's dancers.
In contrast to the organic supple forms of the large wings, the head, lower body and tail are rendered using explosive traditional geometric patterns and bright colors. These areas further define the strength and add a dynamic soaring joy to this eloquent work of wearable art!
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, natural American turquoise, Mediterranean coral, black lip shell and white mother of pearl|
|Dimensions: 4 1/8'' height x 3 1/2'' width (magnificent bird). Tip dangles are 1 1/16'' in length.|
|Primary Classification: Jewelry for Sale : Ethnographic Jewelry|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|Tertiary Classification: Arts of the American West : Other|
|Mint condition, no repairs|
Leo Poblano was born about 1905 at Zuni Pueblo. Active as a jeweler between 1919-1959, he had an exceptional talent for inlay jewelry. Poblano enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his return, he served as a firefighter at Zuni pueblo in addition to working as an artist. When electricity came to his pueblo in 1950, he set aside his hand grinder in favor of an electric grinder. Once Poblano completed the stonework, Zuni trader C. G. Wallace would have a silversmith mount the stones. Leo Poblano died in a tragic accident in 1959. While performing his duty as a firefighter, a burning tree fell on him. Noted for his large inlay figures, many of Poblano’s masterpieces were preserved by C. G. Wallace. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Heard Museum and other prestigious institutions. His daughter, Victoria Poblano, is an innovative, award-winning jeweler.
|Provenance: From an estate in Texas|
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