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Near Archangel, Thunderbird Inlay Bolo Tie

Leo Poblano

About The Near Archangel, Thunderbird Inlay Bolo Tie

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 thearical 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 wearble art!

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Gallery Price $8,575.00

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Description

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 thearical 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 wearble art!

About the Artist

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.

Medium Sterling silver, natural turquoise, Mediterranean coral, black lip shell and white mother of pearl
Size 4 1/8" height x 3 1/2" width (magnificent bird). Tip dangles are 1 1/16" in length.
Signed No
Date of creation Early 1950's
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural dark green and blue to bright blue green from American mines
Provenance JW, an estate from Texas WH
Other Works by Leo Poblano
Sky Bird Bola Tie, Jewelry by Leo Poblano Luscious Thunderbird Bola Tie with Matching Tips, Jewelry by Leo Poblano
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