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FO253 - $71 SOLD
Paula says -
"This black fossil mole is very smooth to the touch - perfect for carrying in a pocket or pouch and for rubbing to release the Spirit of the Underground.
"Fetishes carved from Orthoceras and other ancient fossils will often show fissures and cracks. Sometimes the fossil is so fragile that when being carved, the rock splits partially or completely across. In a few cases the pieces have been reunited which adds to their wabi-sabi. After all, these specimens are millions of years old!!
"Carvings like this are very fragile, so handle with care."
Dime above shows scale of carving.
If you get down to the mole's level you can see the inlaid turquoise eyes.
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. Read more about fetishes.
Mole - Guardian of the lower regions of the Six Directions. Mole is connected closely to Earth's hidden powers and has great knowledge of minerals, roots, herbs, seeds, springs and rivers.
Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid on 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.
Orthoceras - These were the earliest recognizable animals and were able to swim and crawl. Orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches to over six feet long. When they died, their shells fell to the ocean floor and after being covered by sediment, were transformed into stone.
Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, of accepting natural growth, decay, and death. It reveres authenticity above all else. Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came.