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Justin Red Elk, Zuni-Sioux
is backordered. We will ship it separately when it becomes available.
Hummingbirds are Justin Red Elk's carving specialty. He is from the greater Leonard Halate (d) family of Zuni artists. His mother is carver Pansy Natachu. Justin's uncle and aunts are carvers Herbert Halate, Reva Halate and Marvelita Phillips, among many other great artists from this lineage. Jet inlaid eyes and a mother-of-pearl beak are part of this approximate 1 5/8" tall, 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" deep energetic bird of orange alabaster.
Our current Keshi.com Spotlight Artist is Rickson Kallestewa. He is an award-winning artisan who learned years ago by watching his brother-in-law carver Darrell Westika. During his early days in high school, Rickson studied jewelry making but was soon drawn into fetish carving.
He loves working with alabaster, as seen in his nicely-sized bushytail (Fox, Wolf, or Coyote) with an offering jar. It's filled with nuggets of goodness like quartz and blue Corn kernels. Endearing etched facial features are darkened with jet paste. Incised and brightly colored designs decorate this grand offering bowl like a raincloud, lighting bolt, heavenly stars, a Zuni Sunface symbol, winged creatures perhaps a Dragonfly or feathered friend, a crescent moon and a spiral element. About 5" long, 2 1/4" wide and 4" tall. Any of Rickson's creations would be an important addition to any fetish collection.
Rickson Kallestewa's carvings are whimsical, different and simply fabulous! He offers us this alabaster Bear holding an offering jar, featuring rain clouds and flute players, between the front paws. Rickson has honored the spirit of this bear with the gift of a precious melon seed tied to its back. This delightful bear has jet inlaid eyes with facial and claw details darkened with jet. The reddish brown decorations on the jar are darkened using pipestone paste. About 2 1/2" long, 1 1/4" wide, and 2 1/4" tall.
Brandon Phillips' mother is Zuni artist Marvelita Phillips who's renowned for her fetish necklaces. Brandon's grandfather was noted carver and jeweler Leonard Halate (d) who started carving in the 1940's. Brandon's uncle is carver Herbert Halate.
Brandon's playful creativeness brought about this wonderful alabaster baby dinosaur with two turquoise tail spikes. It has a neat cross-hatched head and turquoise inlaid eyes. About 3 1/4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/8" tall.