This polymer clay pendant is first in a series of hand carved designs based on the real artifacts left behind by the now extinct Beothuk people of my home province Newfoundland. The original pieces were carved from caribou bones and rubbed with red ochre.
In fact, the Beothuk people rubbed most of their belongings and themselves with red ochre, leading them to be known by the early European settlers as Red Indians. Here, I’ve used a marbled blend of red and brown clays to allude to the practice.
I find the lost arts of past cultures fascinating. We will never truly know the purpose or intent of the artist, we can only interpret and assume, given the clues left behind. So esoteric! Buy this piece in my shop!