Mountain Lion is the guardian of the North. They are essential to hunters in the taking of big game. Zuni warriors carry them and the mountain lion is believed to protect travelers on their journeys.
A hand carved Deer antler mountain lion inlayed with Fox Turquoise eyes and a Black Pen Shell nose. The offering bundle is composed of a hand carved Gold Lip Mother of Pearl arrowhead with a hand carved Cuprite songbird. The beads are of Mediterranean Coral and Tulcum heishe made by the Indigenous people of the Amazon. The ears and the tip of the tail are burnished to give color.
Artist: Ray Tsalate
Signed: Tsalate Zuni 4/9/2023
About: 1 3/4"tall by 1 n1/4"wide by 2 7/8"long