During time of Transition, special milestones such as Coming of Age Ceremonies are commemorated in special rituals bound by tradition, thus The Rite Of Passage. This is done to mark an occasion where the initiate has completed a Spiritual Transition from Childhood into Adulthood.
Beautifully captured in this graceful elk antler figure is a young maiden in her regal finery.
Her eyes are inlaid with Black Penshell with Red Pipestone ceremonial markings detailed on her face.
Her hair is pulled back with a Mother of Pearl and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise hair pin. An Eagle feather plume accents her hair.
The antler Eagle feather is hand carved and incised with burnished detailing, and finished with Sterling Silver.
Inlaid Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Red Mediterranean Coral form a double strand necklace with a Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Nugget.
She is wearing a traditional embroidered white cotton manta cinched with a loom woven belt.
A sequence inlay of Malachite, Lapis, Black Penshell and Gold Mother of Pearl create an elegant embroidery with Red Pipestone Cloud accents.
Her detailed belt is incised, inlaid and designed using Red Mediterranean Coral and Black Penshell.
The belt is tied with a Fox pelt often used by First Nations Pueblo People, usually male, and worn as an offering to show Spiritual Strength during ceremonial dances.
In this case, the depiction is the artists' rendering of Female Empowerment.
Her buckskin boots are expertly carved and inlaid with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise buttons and completed burnished finish.
This figure stands atop a hand carved and polished Picasso Marble Base.
Artist: Ray Tsalate(Signed)
About 8 1/4"high by 2 1/4"wide by 2 1/2"long