Dee Edaakie is part of the extended Othole family, whose carvers are known for “showing more expressive elements….”, according to the main reference on fetishes and carving families.
This winsome hippopotamus has blue turquoise eyes, and a wide, charming smile. The head is turned at a friendly angle, inviting a smile in return.
Unusual, twice over, this adorable carving is not a traditional animal ( no known sightings of hippos in the southwestern USA), and its material is also hard to find in a fetish.
Hematite is the oldest known iron oxide mineral. It polishes to a steely, metallic sheen, and is more often found in jewelry.
Realistically shaped, and with well-carved features – look at his/her cute little ears! Turquoise eyes highlight the naturalistic hippo-grey of the stone, and add to the appeal.
A miniature gem of a fetish, sure to please the sophisticated collector, as well as the beginner, by an established carver.