Herbert Halate carved this powerfully sleek panther from jet and inlaid bright blue turquoise eyes. The offering bundle is a long and smooth blue turquoise. The face and paws are detailed. "HH" is carved into the back paws.
Size: 1" H x 3.5" L x .5" W
Mountain lions are the guardians of the north and the only difference between them and panthers is that panthers are black. In Zuni Pueblo, mountain lions are the guardians of the north, which is where wisdom lives. They are sleek hunters who are primarily solitary predators. Full of grace, they move through life silently and with great power until they want you to hear them.
Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal. Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.