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This Picasso Marble ram has magnificent full-curl horns with eyes and heartline of inlaid turquoise.
Generous medicine bundle of mother of pearl arrowhead, with spiny oyster, branch coral, and turquoise all tied with sinew.
Paula says - "It's hard to capture the rich mahogany color of this ram in a photo and yet show you the intricate details - it is a deep, deep burgundy color. Just beautiful."
Dime in above photo shows scale of ram.
There is a pink spot one one hip.
form and detail make this
What is a Fetish?
A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.
Medicine Bundle. Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that can consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. These may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.
Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides of the animal. It usually extends from the mouth to the region of the heart. There are many interpretations as to what a heart line represents, but it is often said to represent the pathway of the breath of the animal to the life force which is the heart. Others feel that the heart line points to the soul of the animal. It is thought that a heart line gives the fetish healing or medicinal power.