Vintage 1984 Rainbow-man Bolo Tie by Zuni Silversmith Fadrian Bowannie.
Vintage 1984 Rainbow-man Bolo Tie by Zuni Silversmith Fadrian Bowannie. The Rainbow Man, also often referred to as the Rainbow Dancer, is a sacred Zuni Indian guardian spirit identified with the life giving summer rains and bringing the colors of the rainbow after the summer’s monsoon rains. Multi Gemstone Inlay Rainbow Man into Sterling silver. This bolo is bowed as well which makes the inlay all the more difficult tow shape and layout its the sign of a true master craftsman. Fadrian is most well know for his Rainbow Man pins, brooches and bolo ties, this one also has the little cloud with rain in the center of the piece.
Although the Rainbow figure is not a Kachina, he is very important in Zuni traditions, culture and society. The Rainbow Man is a symbol of protection often seen on the Zuni’s war shields and is a symbol of the rainbow which represents the life sustaining rains for their agricultural importance in the arid American Southwest.
Size 2 inches tall by 2 inches wide
We do not clean or polish our Native American Jewelry so that it shows the natural age and patina of the artistry through time. If you like the shinny polished look you could have it polished and cleaned or buff it up with a polishing cloth to your desired luster.
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