Leo Poblano Vintage Zuni Bolo Tie


Snake Dancer Bolo Tie by Iconic Zuni Pueblo Artist, Leo Poblano

Product Description

Snake Dancer bolo tie by iconic Zuni Pueblo artist, Leo Poblano.  Made in the 1950’s, the piece is inlaid using a relief or raised style.  The materials are beautifully hand carved and laid into the silver with the motion of the dancer intact.  It is finished with a carved abalone shell snake.  From the private collection of Don and Nita Hoel.  Please call (928)282-3925 or email quality@hoelsindianshop.com for price.

Leo Poblano was considered to be one to the most highly accomplished Zuni artists of his time.  Born about 1905, he tragically died in 1959 in a firefighting accident.  He was a master at the technique of mosaic inlay work. His first wife, Daisy Nampeyo, had studied in Paris and taught Leo many of the lapidary relief techniques that make his work so intricate and unique. His second wife Ida Vacit was able to finish the pieces he had left behind as she was also an accomplished inlay artist. Leo Poblano was among the first of the Zuni inlay artists to use his technique as decorative elements in his carvings. Furthermore, he was one of the first Zuni artists to use inlay and mosaic techniques as artwork. It is this innovation, his impeccable technique and his attention to detail that make his work renowned to this day. He is succeeded by his daughter Veronica who is an impeccable contemporary inlay artist.

Additional information


Leo Poblano


Zuni Pueblo

Metal / Material

Jet, Mother of Pearl Shell, Natural Turquoise, Sterling Silver


Measures 2" by 4"

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