Noble African Lion

By Enrike Leekya

Animal: African Lion, Material: Zuni Travertine
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Much like the natural colors of a savannah, scrub or grassland of a noble African lion's home, this Zuni travertine hosts the warm and golden colors that seem to exist in these far-off locales. Zuni travertine is sometimes referred to as Zuni stone or Zuni rock. It's a non-crystalline travertine found in amazing yellow, brown and grey hues. Leekya Deyuse (d) was especially noted for carving in this stone, which his descendants like Enrike do today. Enrike's father is carver Freddie Leekya and his mother is jeweler April Unkestine. Enrike enjoys carving exotic animals. He's sculpted a thick lush mane and incised claws, plus he inlaid expressive turquoise eyes and a nose into this approximate 3 1/4" long, 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall king of beasts.