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A devoted mother elephant and her calf have been affectionally carved by Maxx Laate. Each intelligent pachyderm has jet inlaid eyes. The natural vertical striations within the antler work well to suggest textured skin. Elephant calves are the apple of their mother's eye, staying super close for the first few months and nursing for around two years. During this time, a protective mother will ensure her offspring get the best food and are taught vital survival skills. About 1" tall, 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" deep.
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 referred to magazines, wildlife postcards and books to get an idea of how an animal might act in its environment.
Maxx has truly captured the fearlessness of a charismatic and ground dwelling roadrunner in a large piece of antler. Textured legs and "x" shaped feet grasp, while an etched body with lovely plumage displays a sense of rapid movement. Stunning turquoise inlays adorn a crested head with an open beak and eyes are from inlaid jet. Incredibly, roadrunners are fast and tough enough to take out a rattlesnake. A gorgeously striking size at approximately 10" tall, 2" wide and 11 3/4" long. Signed by the artist. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Ray Tsalate's artistic brilliance and never-ending ingenuity is expressed in a truly remarkable single strand fetish necklace called "Mother Earth". He shared these meaningful words with us: "My inspiration comes from my Zuni culture. We are brought up to understand the Earth is our All-Mother. The Ultimate Feminine Divinity and Energy that flows through every single one of us; Flora & Fauna and the spaces in-between, like the blood in our veins. We are her Essence and Beauty manifested physically...I understood this piece to be a sort of homage to Mother Earth and her children."
Inspiration also came to Ray from an "eye-opening" trip to Chaco Canyon, an ancient ancestral puebloan site in northwestern New Mexico, as well as his Zuni Pueblo upbringing where he was taken to sacred sites and taught their significance. Both locations are home to early rock art or petroglyphs. At Chaco Canyon, he was in awe of the intricate rock art, incredible architecture, the culture and connection that exists there. In Zuni, the rock art he saw as a youngster was "connected to Mother Earth", "Human Figures or Caretakers", and a "variety of animals".
Back home in his studio was a rich stash of treasured beads made recently and years prior. After intricately carving, beautifully inlaying, polishing and carefully stranding a gorgeous assortment of high-quality materials such as sky-blue turquoise, glistening mother-of-pearl, pen shell, rare sugilite, gold lip shell, watery abalone, antler, serpentine, colorful lapis lazuli, spiny oyster shell, golden amber, garnet, fresh water pearl, red and pink corals, plus variscite, resulted in this never seen before, approximate 38" long museum-quality necklace. At its center is a cherished turquoise Mother, measuring about 1 1/2" long, 7/8" wide and 3/8" deep. Accompanying her are delightful animals such as birds, perhaps Eagles and Hawks, bushytails like Coyote, Wolf and Fox, Mountain-lions (cougar, puma or panther), maybe a Bison (or buffalo), Moles, Bears, Owls, Frogs, Turtles and Badgers. Heavenly stars, sweetly blooming flowers and even a darling mushroom are seen.
The exquisite lapis lazuli beads are faceted and twinkle with happiness along with the other mouth-watering ones. All the cheerful animal's eyes are inlaid from either coral, turquoise, pen shell, lapis lazuli, malachite and mother-of-pearl. A sterling silver toggle closure is lovely. Extra shipping charges may apply. This outstanding necklace will be featured in a special advertisement for Keshi in El Palacio magazine, Summer edition 2022.
Robert Michael Weahkee
Ray Tsalate's nurturing "Mother" figurine has been honorably carved from antler in her natural and perhaps expecting state. Traditional whorls of hair and bangs have been intricately incised and she exudes maternal wisdom as the life-giver. A myriad of faceted and sparkling lapis lazuli beads are strung along with two golden beads. Beautifully worked sterling silver findings and a toggle closure are fine details in this approximate 24" long museum-quality and important necklace. The Zuni mother pendant portion measures approximately 2 1/2" long and 3/4" wide.
Originating from one antler specimen is a crafty jet-eyed Raven and a brilliant red coral-eyed parrot. They're presented a top an antler base enriched with vibrant inlays such as red coral, lapis and turquoise. Wondrous offering bundles of jet, coral, serpentine, turquoise, lapis, smokey quartz, aquamarine, peridot, charoite and kyanite beads are secured to this approximate 7" long, 1" wide and 3" tall dual bird carving. Plumage and beaks are beautifully contrasted thanks to the burnt-out details in the antler by Robert Michael Weahkee. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Ray Tsalate's old-style Eagle is masterfully carved of antler, about 2 1/2" long, 1" tall and 1 1/8" wide. An "X" shaped inlay of mother-of-pearl and pen shell represents wings, decorated with variscite pieces. Ray also inlaid lapis side wings and colorful tail feather accents of red coral, malachite, sugilite and orange spiny oyster shell. Seeing everything, this exquisite raptor has one eye of variscite, while the other is of lapis.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this eagle fetish will go to the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary. Please see our resources page for more information on the sanctuary.
Troy Sice's extraordinary 9-piece Nativity set is composed of baby Jesus and his little hay bed, Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, a shepherd and an angel. Each Bear is masterfully carved of antler, have eyes of inlaid pen shell, and burnt out nose, tail and ear details. Each adult bear wears an inlaid necklace of red coral and some feature an eye-catching pink coral cabochon.
Baby bear Jesus is about 1 5/8" long and 3/4" wide, while the incised hay bed is about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2". This sweet little one's claws are inlaid with slivers of jet, while its paw pads are inlaid with pen shell.
Mary and Joseph are both kneeling with their pen shell paw pads showing. Mary's unique shawl represents the heavens and is inlaid with materials like pink coral, turquoise, abalone, coral, lapis, mother-of-pearl, serpentine and malachite. Joseph's shawl is inlaid with geometric designs of turquoise, coral, serpentine, pen shell, malachite, pipestone, lapis, jet and serpentine paste. Mary is about 2 3/4" tall, 1 1/8" wide and 1 1/4" deep. Joseph is approximately 2 3/4" tall, 1" wide and 1 1/2" deep.
Each of three wise men stand at about 3 1/2" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 3/8" deep and they wear shawls that showcase luscious inlaid materials like malachite, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, jet, spiny oyster shell, lapis, pink coral, serpentine, gold lip shell, and serpentine paste . A top each of their heads is a carved gold lip shell feather and silver accent.
Raising a sterling silver staff in celebration, the shepherd is about 4" tall, 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" deep. His shawl is also inlaid with colorful materials like coral, pen shell, spiny oyster shell, abalone, lapis, turquoise, serpentine, pink coral, malachite, lapis, pipestone and serpentine paste. Dragonfly friends are seen on both the shepherd and angel's shawls. With ethereal wings of incised gold lip shell, the heartfelt angel stands about 3 3/8" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" deep and is inlaid with pink mussel shell, turquoise, abalone, jet, variscite, spiny oyster shell, pipestone, lapis, and both serpentine and lapis paste.
A very collectible, museum-quality Nativity scene, this set will be a cherished one for many, many seasons to come. Extra shipping charges may apply.
From their home in magical western New Mexico, Troy Sice and his partner Ray Tsalate spend a lot time in the studio creating one-of-a-kind fetish masterpieces. Troy taught Ray to carve in 2004.
Troy's latest gift to the world is this extraordinary wildcat (or Bobcat) pair carved from antler and polished to perfection. Each independent feline has lapis eyes and an amazing red coral inlaid continuous heartline. Troy's thoughtful use of the antler specimen allowed for their faces and bobbed tail backsides to stand out.
An enchanted offering bundle is loaded with scrumptious materials like a large specimen of Kingman turquoise secured with a soft sueded leather, both blue and green turquoises, abalone, jet, lapis lazuli, spiny oyster shell and red coral beads. Included in this dynamic offering of thanks, are two sweet feathered friends: a blue bird of lapis and a cardinal of red coral. They each have exquisite eyes of inlaid 24K gold.
Don't miss this museum-quality treasure by Troy Sice. To see it in person is absolutely breathtaking. About 3 1/2" long, 2 3/4" wide and 2 1/4" tall. Extra shipping charge may apply.
Ray Tsalate's original "Tortoise Siblings" carving expresses the traditional and shared kinship between two relatives. This masterful Turtle carving is brought about from one antler specimen. Harmoniously united, each one has expressive eyes of gold lip shell, turquoise or pen shell, while the tortoise maiden also has a set of pen shell inlaid eyes. She wears a lovely turquoise and red coral necklace, while her mouth is inlaid with vibrant lapis. Ray beautifully inlaid tiny pen shell claws in one of the tortoises. Each tortoise's gorgeous carapace is incised and inlaid with an assortment of luscious materials like red coral, lapis, variscite and malachite. About 2 1/4" tall, 3 3/4" wide and 1 1/8" deep.