Gilbert Bowannie's magnificent Picasso marble Turkey has an inlaid Zuni Sunface in its lovely plumage. The Zunis believe that the Sunface symbol is beneficial, as it represents balance in life: traditionally, turquoise (blue) stands for Father Sky, coral (red) stands for Mother Earth, and mother-of-pearl shell (white) and jet (black) represent all the elements in balance. Artists use their creative license and often choose different colored stones or shells in their Sunface pieces, like Gilbert did. He chose rich pipestone, lapis and mother-of-pearl for his inlay.
This gorgeous bird has inlaid eyes of turquoise, and feathered tips of abalone. The turkey (Do:na) is a symbol of the abundant gifts of nature. These gifts are not infinite however, and Turkey reminds us to honor and nurture all resources so that they are sustainable. About 1 3/4" long, 3/4" wide and 1 1/2" tall.