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When the sun is high and warm, you'll find a majestic Bison (or buffalo) resting, chewing its cud or wallowing in the dirt. They are most active during the early morning or late afternoon hours. Highly-respected, these grand bovines bring an animal medicine reminder to be thankful for the abundance.
We're thrilled to offer this treasured Picasso marble bison by carving great Fabian Cheama. He is a leader in a realistic and contemporary style of Zuni fetish carving that started in the early 1980's. Some noted artists from this family include Dan Quam (d), Lance Cheama, Wilfred Cheama and Arvella Cheama.
At about 3 1/8" long, 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall, Fabian's turquoise-eyed bison is carved with strong shoulders and a resourceful spirit. A lushly incised face and mane, powerful horns, hooves and a beautifully coiled tail are some of the superb and detailed features of a truly collectible and important fetish.
Reminders of being thankful for the abundance are associated with a Bison's (or buffalo) animal medicine. Maxx Laate's exceptional bison head pendant can be worn as a great way to remember those qualities. Skillfully carved from an iridescent lab opal, this hand-fabricated sterling silver pendant is about 1 5/8" long including bale fixture and 7/8" wide. Signed by the artist. The silver snake chain is not included but is available and sold separately here.
Maxx Laate started carving in 1987 with a pocket knife. His brother Pernell Laate (d) helped him with ideas. Together they learned the art and back then they'd look at magazines, wildlife postcards and books to get an idea of how an animal might act in its environment. Prior to carving, Maxx used to paint and carve katsinas.
Keli'i Eli, Zuni-Hawaiian