"I-bat i-hin-nin" II = Grandfather Thunder II

Type of art: Diverse Art Forms

Monolithic Axe#2: Inspired by ancient Caddoan (Spiro) axe shown in "Hero, Hawk & Open Hand". This was completely redone after Tornado damage, adding engraving inspired by ancient Pre-Columbian Spiro Mound Shell engravings of a warrior head with the Peregrine Falcon Forked Eye on the axe head, & handle engraving from another shell engraving which is also similar to the ancient Caddo Pottery Avery Engraved design shown in "Handbook of Texas Archeology: Type Descriptions".

Materials: Alabaster stone (mocha)

Technique: Rough stone hand cut, shaped, sanded & polished with hand saws, rasps, files & sandpaper. Engraving with non-electric steel-tipped rod

Size: 16"H x 7 1/2"W x 1 7/8"D

Price: $2,000
A. Wayne "Tay Sha" Earles
(405) 721-0504
My given Caddo name Tay Sha, means "Wolf" & "Friend", for he guides you to the other side when you pass on. The Caddo called their friends/allies this, but the Spanish heard "Tejas" which evolved into the state name, Texas. As an Oklahoman & OU grad, I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I do want to be a friend to all Caddo, making them aware of our ancestor's artistic excellence and the need to continue this wonderful heritage. I began 2015 with Stonework art: cultural stonework & contemporary stone jewelry with engraving inspired by ancient Caddo/Spiro designs. My cultural art honors the ancient Caddo stone artifacts mostly from Spiro Mounds, as monolithic axes, ceremonial maces, effigies, chunkey & bannerstones. Using hand saws, rasps & files, I am amazed at what our ancestors achieved with only stone tools on harder stone than my soapstone, pipestone & alabaster. My jewelry is stone pendant necklaces engraved in intricate pottery, shell & stone artifact designs.
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