This sculptor likes to make small pieces that can function as fetishes, but are also finely detailed and realistic sculptures, even though the body is simplified.
For the Zuni, a wolf is one of the hunting fetishes, also the Guardian of the East, endowed with protective properties.
For all tribes, the wolf is a formidable prey animal, and also honored for its loyalty to the pack.
Although highly abstracted, the head and tail, here, are characteristic of the animal.
As in all Harold’s carvings, the head is quite realistic.
The bushy tail, carried down, is another recognizable trait of a wolf fetish.
Of smoothly finished, honed alabaster, the animal needs no further embellishment than the medicine bundle.
Conveying his strength, hunting ability and family loyalty, the natural parrot feathers are attached to small beads, wrapped around dark thread.
The beads repeat the bright blue of his eyes, and the grey of the stone, for a handsome harmony of color.
Alert, and ready to guard your home, this good-looking wolf is serene, smooth, and a wonderful work of art.