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Serpentine Lion With Brothers by Ernie Mackel III - Zuni Fetish Sunshine Studio

Ernie Mackel III

Serpentine Lion With Brothers by Ernie Mackel III

$ 175.00

An outstanding brown, gray and golden ocher serpentine mountain lion carved in an animated pose by Ernie Mackel III. The lion plays host to his 5 brothers - attached in the offering bundle on top of the lion's back - creating in form the 6 animals the Zuni revere and the directional colors they represent. The lion is the 6th brother; he represents the north and his directional color is yellow. From the lion's left side - there is a jet mole - the brother of the nadir underground world and black is the mole's directional color, then a turquoise bear - the brother of the west - blue is the bear's traditional directional color. There is an apple coral red badger on top of the mountain lion - representing the south - mounted to an abalone shell arrowhead. An abalone eagle rests against the lion on the its right side - he represents the zenith heavenly realm and a rainbow color is the traditional color. Finally, there is a clam shell carved wolf, representing the eas - and white is the traditional color. Five of the brothers have turquoise inlaid eyes with jet applied to the bear's eyes.
Artist: Ernie Mackel III (signed)
Size: 4-1/4 in. long x 7/8 in. wide x 1-5/8 in. tall

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