Troy Sice sits at the pinnacle of Zuni fetish carvers –His Zuni carvings are highly treasured among collectors who want to own the best. He has shown at the Smithsonian and has been featured in a number of books and periodicals. He is at the top of the list of quality Zuni artists winning top honors at the 2019 Santa Fe Indian Market by winning Best of Classification award for sculptures. He is a third-generation carver of traditional fetishes.
Troy prefers to carve with elk antler and inlay his carvings with semiprecious stones and shells. This wonderfully carved maiden is inlaid with turquoise, coral and jet. She stands almost 5” tall complete with moccasins. Troy has carved her hair in the traditional butterfly whorl on the sides, while the back of her hair cascades down her back. She wears a necklace of coral and turquoise. Her eyes are jet and her mouth is coral.
Her dress is a nice design of alternating turquoise, coral and jet cabochons accented with tiny jet inlay. Additional interest is added through the cross hatching on her dress and its folds. In the back of her dress the inlaid stones are laid vertically, while in the front, the stones are inlaid in horizontal rows.
This is a beautiful intricately inlaid maiden carved by a master carver. She will enhance any collection.
Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector