The Shrew is one of the Zuni six directional animals and he is the guardian and protector of Mother Earth. His directional color is Black. He protects the crop from disease and keeps other small animals and insects at bay. Shrews medicine is to look within.
Perhaps this Elk antler shrew is leaning to listen to all the sounds and vibrations of Mother Earth. Tiny little eyes of Black Pen Shell and a very sensitive nose of Mediterranean Coral to feel in the darkness deep in the ground. He wears impressive strands of necklaces inlaid with materials of Mediterranean Coral, Japanese Coral, Variscite, Kingman Turquoise, Fox Turquoise, Carico Lake Turquoise, Green Serpentine, Lapis and Black Pen Shell.
The robe has a wonderful design of insects inlaid with Japanese Coral, Green Serpentine, Black Mother of Pearl, Mediterranean Coral, Red Spiny Oyster Shell, Lapis and Green Orville Jack Turquoise.
The border of the robe has stone to stone inlay of Black Pen Shell, Kingman Turquoise, Lapis, Orange Spiny Oyster Shell, Abalone, Green Serpentine and Japanese Coral.
A hand carved Gold Mother of Pearl feather is wrapped and secured with Sterling Silver.
Spring is around the corner so be sure to bring Mother Earths protector home.
Artist: Troy Sice
Signed: Troy Sice Zuni copyright 2022 12/27/2022 @ 10 AM
About: 3 7/8"t by 3"w by 2"l