Navajos wanted the bear, but the spirits gave them the dog; they wanted the mountain lion, but the spirits gave them the cat. This 19th century piece was cut from pine that was struck by lightening. It was covered with pine pitch mixed with charcoal, with a turquoise face added to one side, and a small abalone shell on the other (missing). The raw hide thong was attached, and the piece twirled, making a noise similar to a bull's roar. This piece has seen much use.
PERIOD: 19th CenturyORIGIN: Southwest - Navajo, Native American
SIZE: 6 1/2"L x 1"W