This gifted carver is known for his charming sheep, horses, quail, etc., all with the same sculptural detail and careful finish shown in this wonderful piece. Fetishes, or sculptures? The decision is yours, but the pieces are incontrovertibly well-carved, and a pleasure to look at.
This latest version of his horse pieces is a galloping equine, mane and tail flowing in the wind. He has the same meticulously carved head as Harold’s stationary horses, but this piece is full of motion – even as he melds into a solid base. He is a pinto, with his parti-colored coat shown in polished and etched finishes.
The dark rose alabaster is echoed in the darkly red sprig of natural feather, on his back, and the equally natural, turquoise parrot feather with it relates to his inlaid turquoise eyes, and the turquoise beads in the medicine bundle. Horses are a traditional and cherished part of Navajo life, so the medicine bundle is mean to protect the animal from mishaps and danger.
Very evocative of the subject, well-sized for display in many settings, at a good price, his table sculptures are in many a happy collection. Let this handsome horse gallop into yours!