The famous quote Don't Tread On Me was an expression on a flag first flown on a warship in 1775 as a battle cry for American Independence from British rule.
This patriotic Elk Antler bear presents his Sterling Silver Spear and gleaming Gold Mother of Pearl Shield, showing that he is standing his ground.
Inlaid with Lapis eyes and embellished with stunning necklaces of natural Mediterranean Coral, Lapis, Variscite, Serpentine, Malachite, and Kingman Turquoise hand cut inlay.
The shield is made of Gold Mother of Pearl with Mediterranean Coral, Kingman Turquoise, Black Jet Pigment and Red Pipe Stone Pigment inlay. Feathers are fashioned from Elk Antler, burnished, finished with Sterling Silver and pinned into the shield.
His robe is inlaid with hand cut natural stones and shells: Pen Shell, Red Spiny Oyster, Kingman Turquoise, Abalone, Green Serpentine, Cuprite, Gold Mother of Pearl, Variscite, Mediterranean Coral, Gaspeite and Mother of Pearl. Triangle clouds are inlaid with Black Jet Pigment and Kingman Turquoise; claws are also inlaid with Black Jet Pigment.
Atop his head is a hand carved Gold Mother of Pearl Feather, finished and pinned with Sterling Silver.
This award winning piece is presented with 2 Ribbons:
~2022 SWAIA 100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Division Ribbon
~2022 SWAIA 100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market 1st Place Ribbon
Artist: Troy Sice
Signed: Troy Sice Zuni copyright 2022 8/4/2022 1 PM
About: 10 9/16"tall by 5 1/2"wide by 3 1/2"long