"ZUNI LOONEY" FIGURINES circa 1950
We bought these rare little people in Albuquerque thinking we might have stumbled on 19th-century Zuni treasures, but there they were, on page 444 of Lannon & Harlow's monumental The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo. These were sold to tourists around 1950 as "Zuni Looneys." (We would have preferred "Loony" and "Loonies", but the spelling probably came from :ooney Tunes.) The woman figure is in excellent condition. The man suffered a broken arm and broken neck, but cosmetic surgery has restored his movie-star looks. These appear on page 193 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 33 of our Pottery of the Southwest.
S-481 (man): 2-1/2" wide x 1-1/4" deep x 5-1/2" high
S-482 (woman): 2-1/2" wide x 2-3/4" deep x 2-3/4" high
Condition very good after repairs to man figurine
S-481/482 $850 (sold as pair)