Origin: New Mexico – Pueblo
Date: First half 20th century
Media: Antler, turquoise
Dimensions: 5 5/8″ long, 1 5/8″ wide
Description: This carving of a fish is made from antler. The mouth is gapping open and a vertical cut on each side are likely gills. Two, inlayed turquoise pieces represent the eyes. The tail has a grove all the way around just short of the end, suggesting something may have been tied here. The surface has a nice, smooth and aged finish to it. Perhaps the item was hanging from a wall, or a screen or perhaps even used as a lure? It appears more for human’s use rather than to catch a fish.
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Condition: Condition is original with no restoration.
Provenance: From a private collection in Corral Gables, FL.