Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline
Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline

Fish Rock Mole with Turquoise Heartline

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Russell Shack carved this mole from fish rock serpentine.  He inlaid a green turquoise hearline from the nose along the back.  Some moles do not have yes, and this little one is the same.  Eyeless moles have other well defined senses to direct them instead of eyes.  Russell carved pottery designs along the sides, an arrowhead design above the cute little tail., and dots along each side of the back.  The toes on the paws are also defined.  More about moles below.

Size: ,5" H x 1,875" L x 1.25" W

Moles are mainly underground creatures.  They hold a special place for many Native Americans as guardians of Mother Earth.  Some of them are sightless or can barely see, yet they navigate their way through the dark earth with great skill.  Currently seen by many people as pests, they have the important role of keeping the underground aerated and lived undisturbed for hundreds of thousands of years before humans arrived.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.