Vintage Zuni Leo Poblano ‘Shulawitsi’ Fire God Pin in Multi-Stone and Dot Inlay
Circa 1940’s, this stunning vintage Zuni pin represents ‘Shulawitsi’ the Fire God in multi-stone and dot inlay. The form takes shape with a combination of: mother of pearl, natural turquoise, jet, and spondylus shell. Shulawitsi is an important spiritual figure in the Zuni pueblo tradition and is impersonated during the Shalako ceremony marking the end of one year, and the beginning of another. Born in 1905, Leo Poblano was a sculptor and mosaic worker, and a veteran of WWII. He taught himself to carve using hand tools, and became an accomplished lapidary artist. Leo was one of the first artists to use ‘dot inlay’ as a decorative element in his designs, and his work is recognized for it’s intimate feel and unique character.
2 1/2″ length
2 1/8″ width