Darrin Boone incorporates Zuni Sunface symbols into his fetish carvings. Here he's overlaid this important design with turquoise, mother-of-pearl, coral and jet on this gorgeous Picasso marble quail.
The Zunis believe that the Sunface symbol is good luck, as it represents balance in life: traditionally, turquoise (blue) stands for Father Sky, coral (red) stands for Mother Earth, and mother-of-pearl shell (white) and jet (black) represent all the elements in balance. Artists use their creative license and often choose different colored stones or shells in their pieces. The Sunface is used as an offering or blessing from the artist in thanks for the medicine or spirit that it brings to us.
Darrin completed his delightful bird with softly etched plumage, alert eyes set with turquoise and a gold lip shell beak plus top knot. About 2 1/4" tall, 3/4" wide and 1 5/8" deep.