Watermelon Serpentine Old-Style Horse

By Robin's Collection

Animal: Horse, Material: Watermelon Serpentine
This offering is sold.
Theodore Kucate (d), one of the mid-century master carvers from Zuni, and his family members are known for carving "old style". If you have the Frank Cushing book titled "Zuni Fetiches" you will see exactly what Zuni fetishes looked like in the 1800's. Aaron Chapella is Theodore’s great grandson, Thelma Sheche’s grandson, and Lorandina Sheche’s son, and named after his grandfather Aaron Sheche(d). They are all well known for their old and now, unique style of carving. The fact that Aaron is carrying on this traditional style is tremendously important. A horse similar to this one is featured on Plate IX of Cushing’s book and describes it as being used by the Navajos to encourage the growth of their herds. This horse is in perfect condition, with graceful lines and impeccable Sleeping Beauty turquoise inlay. Aaron used a beautiful piece of watermelon serpentine and executed it with aplomb. Measures 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches tall. Signed on the bottom of both hooves.