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Vintage (1975) Native American Great Horned Owl Carving - $88 (Albuquerque or Rio Rancho)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: 1975
model name / number: no model #
size / dimensions: 20x14x11
Vintage (1975) Native American Great Horned Owl Carving

At Hopi, the Great Horned Owl is a warrior who disciplines the clowns when their behavior becomes too outrageous. We bought this, our first large Native American carving, from Steve Tsanajinnie on the plaza of Santa Fe in 1975. Steve and his spouse, Mikki, are a Navajo/Jemez couple with homes in Shiprock and Jemez Pueblo. Steve would stop by our trailer in Tohatchi, New Mexico (Dinétah) every couple of months on his way to make a truck payment. We bought many carvings during those stopovers.
Materials: cottonwood branch base, cottonwood body, other woods, leather, fur, legal feathers, seashells, string, yarn, and paint.
The rear leather cape covers a kilt or breechcloth decorated to match the front breechcloth. Years ago, the owl carving was knocked off a shelf and the grey wooden feathers on both sides of the owl’s head broke off. They were glued back on. The cracks can be partially obscured with the fur and feather.
Carved and hand-decorated by Steve Mitchell Tsanajinnie and Mikki Tsanajinnie in 1975. In the Southwest, the owl is considered wise and beneficial to farmers and their crops.
Size: 20 inches high, wood base is 14 inches long, it is 11 inches wide from hand to hand.
Local pick up: This carving can be picked up on Albuquerque’s westside near St. Pius High School (Coors Blvd NW & St. Josephs Dr NW, or it can be picked up near Rust Hospital in Rio Rancho.
1986 appraisal = $290

post id: 7747053864

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