Vintage Native American Zuni Made Clowns Bolo and Buckle
1980s Native American Zuni Made Clowns Bolo and Buckle by Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello
This wonderful Zuni made Sterling silver bolo with inlaid clowns is 2.5 inches long by 2 inches wide at the top and 1.5 inches wide at the bottom. This bolo hangs on a braided leather cord with a flat neck strap. Large handmade Sterling silver tips finish this piece. The buckle is 2.375 inches wide by 2 inches tall with a hinged belt keeper. A spectacular and beautifully done set by highly regarded Zuni silversmiths Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello. The Clown, (Koshare) Summer Clown, is known by many other names, including Kaisale (Winter Clown), Tsuku (Second and Third Mesa), Koyaala, and Hano (First Mesa). The Clown has a complex ceremonial role, giving wisdom and advice as well as poking fun at unacceptable behavior. The Clown is said to be a glutton, always overdoing it whether he is making fun of the dancers, trying to get the children to behave during ceremonies, or commenting on Hopi behavior. They are generally amusing and do things that no Hopi or anyone else would want to be caught doing. They are often depicted with a watermelon.
bolo hangs 20.5 inches from neck
Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello--3800