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Huichol Indian Tiny Bead Lion
This is the beaded art of the Huichol Indians done with the tiniest bead available, size 14. The colors used with these tiny beads are very different than what you typically see with the regular size #11 bead. These pieces are considered to be some of the finest bead work done anywhere. Like pixels, the more dots per inch the sharper the image so the designs are very crisp and clear. The bead itself is much more expensive and it also requires almost twice the number of beads, so the prices for these pieces is going to be higher than the traditional art form.
This lion was carved in Bali and is covered with beeswax and then the artist places one bead at a time onto the surface. It is their decision of what color bead to use that ultimately creates the pattern and design.
This is the reverse side of the lion figure. Running down the spine is the scorpion which is a symbol of protection. In the center is the double headed eagle which represents God looking in all directions. On the lower portion of each leg is the peyote and there are at least 3 deer surrounding the eagle. On the back hind quarter is the sun. The mane was left in its natural state to create the contrast and give it a unique dimension.