Cliff carved this majestic 33″ tall abstract eagle from a slab of beautiful white and black marble. He has left some areas a soft matte while other areas are highly polished. Soft golden matrix runs throughout the marble. The stylized eagle sits on a white circular base on top of a black circle base. Each of these bases serves to highlight the colors of the marble carving.
Sikyatki (meaning: Yellow House) was a pueblo built at the foot of Hopi First Mesa around 1400 c.e. The pueblo probably grew slowly in the beginning as families and clans moved in built their places. There was an influx of people coming from a variety of near-by areas. All of them contributed to Sikyatki becoming a bit of an art colony with the inhabitants developing pottery and textiles. Unfortunately, the pueblo was destroyed in the early 1600s. The eagle feather design is an adapted example of a motif found at the Sikyatki ruins that has evolved into only the single wing portion.
The name of Cliff’s studio, Singing Stone Studio, reflects the ringing, or singing/musical tones Cliff hears when he works sculpting the various marbles, alabasters, calcites and granites of his works. Located on the Jemez Pueblo of New Mexico, Cliff’s studio represents his love for his family, culture and community.
Cliff has received the most prestigious commission for sculptures in the United States, representing the state of New Mexico in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C with his seven foot Tennessee marble sculpture of Po’pay, the leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt against the Spaniards. He continues to be the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collection.
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
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