This artist is young, but with an established reputation.
His innovative style creates expressive carvings of enormous charm – like this friendly, smiling squirrel.
Not one of the traditional fetish animals, a squirrel is, nevertheless, frequently encountered, and even hunted. (Not this one, he’s too appealing.)
Carved from one piece of natural hematite, the sone is an unusual choice.
The reddish-brown coloration of this iron ore material is close to squirrels’ furry hue.
As in many of this carver’s fetishes, the emotion comes from the wonderful pose: head turned, looking up, inquiring and ready to make friends.
The natural variations in the stone seem to emphasize the form and posture of the carving – thanks to the artist’s ability.
Not really abstract, as in traditional fetishes, but not realistically detailed, either, this carving is a marvelous compromise between the two styles.
This is one squirrel that will definitely welcome in your home!