Ant on Leaf Ivory Fetish
This artist has discovered the beauty of bugs, and carves intricate sculptures out of fossilized ivory, like this one. He has been widely noted for his skill, and the beauty of his work.
Hard to fathom the delicacy of his carving, when you consider that each fragile leg, antenna, etc. is carefully chiseled out of one solid piece of fossil ivory. Nothing is added on, just carved out; ant and leaf are all one piece!
The little ant is realistic in proportion, with nicely polished areas. The leaf is not only realistic in form, but in texture, as well, and equally well-carved.
Not the usual subject for a fetish, perhaps, but Native culture reveres the balance and system of Nature. This includes all creatures and elements, large and small.
Ants are fascinating little creatures, one of Nature’s miracles of organization and industriousness.
This carving is also a little miracle of observation, skill and artistry.