Vintage Zuni Rainbow Man Mosaic Inlay Pin by Little John Begay with Coral
Vintage Zuni Rainbow Man pin with intricate mosaic inlay of various shades of turquoise, shell, jet, coral and mother of pearl highlighted by beautiful silver details by Little John Begay
3 3/4″ wide
2 3/4″ long
The Rainbow Man, also referred to as the Rainbow Dancer, is a sacred Zuni Indian guardian spirit identified with the life giving summer rains and the colors of the rainbow after the rain. Although this figure is not a Kachina, he is very important in Zuni traditions, culture and society. The Rainbow Man was one of the first figures used in traditional Zuni Indian mosaic inlay jewelry; artists began creating jewelry featuring the Rainbow Man dating back to the 1920’s. The Rainbow figure is most often depicted with an arched or curved back resembling the shape of the rainbow and worn horizontally.