Rickson Kallestewa carved this satisfied mountain lion from alabaster. It is satisfied because it is holding a beautiful pot with a seed in it. The pot has a dragonfly and two rain clouds on it. Who wouldn't be satisfied holding that beautiful pot? And that tail! It gracefully wraps around the body and ends at the neck. The raised eyes are typical Rickson, as are the detailed paws. The bundle is a jet arrowhead. Signed "R.Kallestewa", "Zuni, NM", and "2019" on the bottom. More about mountain lions below.
Size: 1.5" H x 3" L x 1" W
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.