Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot
Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot

Happy Mountain Lion with Seed Pot

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Rickson Kallestewa carved this happy mountain lion from alabaster.  It is holding a seed pot with a real seed on the top.  Looks like a type of melon seed to us.  The pot has dragonfly, Kokepelli, and rain cloud designs on it.  The offering bundle has a carved jet arrowhead on top.  The eyes, nose, mouth, and paws are detailed, and the tail is absolutely wonderful the way it wraps around the body towards the neck.  Wow!  And, Rickson's carvings always have some humor in them.  Signed "R. Kallestewa, Zuni, NM", and "2018" on the bottom of the feet.

Size: 1.675" 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.