Ida Vacit Poblano ( ? - 1987)

Ida Vacit Poblano was married to famous Zuni jeweler Leo Poblano. She was the mother of Veronica Poblano and the niece of Frank Vacit.

Leo Poblano (1905-1959) is widely regarded as one of the best and most versatile Zuni artists. Poblano taught carving and jewelry-making to Daisy Hooee Nampeyo and Ida Vacit, the last two of his succession of wives. The daughter of famous Hopi potter Nampeyo, Daisy was also an accomplished ceramic artist who had studied sculpture at the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1929. She conveyed the representational relief carving skills she acquired in France to Leo, who incorporated them into his mosaic inlay work. Leo, in turn, passed his accrued knowledge and skills along to his next wife, Ida. After Leo's early death in 1959 in a fire-fighting accident, Ida finished many of her husband's pieces.

Ida Poblano (Zuni lapidarist) and Mary Morgan (Navajo silverworker)
Mosaic Inlay Katsina Figures (Set of 27)
silver, turquoise, shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, jet, abalone, pipestone, shell
no date
dimensions vary; each figure approximately 3.5-4.0 in. high x 1.5-2.0 in. wide
KMA 89.016.193


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