Carved Running Horse
Carved Running Horse handmade by Navajo fetish carver Harold Davidson. The running horse is hand carved out of alabaster and measures 4 1/4″ inches high by 7 1/4″ inches wide. Each of his pieces captures the beauty and essence of the animal and always has wonderful character. He decorates each piece with stunning colored feathers attached by colorful beads. A couple of Harold Davidson pieces around the house will surround you in beauty. Think about getting one of each animal carving, but be careful, once you start collecting Davidson’s fetishes you will not be able to stop.
Navajo Carver: Harold Davidson
A Navajo artist recognized for his finely detailed alabaster table fetishes, Harold Davidson captures the beauty of Mother Earth in the animals he creates. Davidson’s most common subjects are charming domestic animals: horses, sheep, goats, and quail – all in an abstract, yet winningly realistic manner. Carved in a variety of sizes, Davidson decorates each piece with radiant feathers attached by colorful beads.
Navajo fetishes represent a specific area of Navajo art and culture, often misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented. It is assumed by many that Navajo fetishes exist purely for commercial reasons, however, the tradition of fetish use by the Navajo people is to carry a fetish in a personal pollen sack or as part of a jish, the sacred bundles used by Navajo medicine people. Jish is best described as the Navajo medicine man’s equivalent to a Western doctor’s “little black bag”. Even though all the elements of a jish are not used in every ceremony, the complete contents are required to be present at every ceremony.
Navajo people take great pride in their livestock. Harold Davidson is one of the finest Navajo fetish carvers working today. He follows the tradition of creating the protective livestock figures, as well as the more exotic bears and bison. His carvings are beautifully executed with distinctive details wrought in pipestone and alabaster materials.