Black Marble Sea Lion Carved by Russell Shack, Zuni. See below for more information.
Carved in black marble, this sea lion was carved by Russell Shack, Zuni. The hand carved etching on his face shows the whiskers in detail. This sea lion has inlaid turquoise for eyes. A sea lion represents family orientation, and possesses power in numbers. If the owner of a fetish does not believe that spirit resides therein, it doesn't and the carving is only a pretty or interesting stone carving. If the owner does believe that a spirit resides in it, then he cares for that fetish with respect and honor, knowing that in doing so, the fetish will protect and help him. This little fella is 2 1/4" long, 5/8" wide, and 1 5/8" tall. He is signed on the bottom with the artist's name. Each item made by Native Americans is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.