In the old days, Mountain-lion
(cougar, puma or panther) fetishes were carved with a long tail up and over the backside like Ray Tsalate's turquoise fetish demonstrates. The turquoise itself is colorful and the matrix areas are richly beautiful. The lapis lazuli inlaid eyes contrast in a pleasing way against the sky-blue hue of the stone. Indigenous cultures revere turquoise as associated with water and the sky, sometimes calling it the sky stone. A valuable feline measuring a tidy and approximate 1 3/8" long, 1/2" wide and 1" tall.
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