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Inlaid Bird Fetish. $135.

Spirit birds fly on wings of light. It’s true of this tiny version, not an eagle but a spirit bird of a more ordinary sort, yet with extraordinary color and texture. Hand-carved by Delvin Leekya (Zuni Pueblo), this wingéd being emerges from Zuni rock, the Pueblo’s nickname for a particular variant of yellow travertine. It’s crafted in “vintage style,” meaning that the likeness flows from basic lines, without a great deal of accent detail. Its eyes are the tiniest of inlaid turquoise cabochons; its tailfeathers inlaid with geometric bands of turquoise, jet, pink-lip mother-of-pearl shell, lapis lazuli, and white-lip mother-of-pearl shell at the ends. Its wings are light itself: pink-lip mother-of-pearl in the front, colorfully whorled abalone at the ends, and a bold bisecting band of black jet. Fetish stands 3-3/4″ long by 1-3/8″ across at the widest point (dimensions approximate).

Zuni rock (yellow travertine); turquoise; abalone shell; pink-lip mother-of-pearl shell; white-lip mother-of-pearl shell; lapis lazuli; jet
$135 + shipping, handling, and insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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