I've done a few similar busts of Native Americans similar to this one but this time I tried a different style of base to elevate it to a higher level and make it a little more impressive......at least I think it does. The base is walnut. I had thought about attaching some scalp locks to the shoulders but after trying out a couple decided against it. With all the decoration it already has that addition might have just be a little too much. I really like the shield, a design I came across while researching war gear. I modified it some to keep it from being a direct copy. There are a lot of different colors in the shields painting but you have to look at it close to see them...blues, blacks, reds, yellows, all blended to make it interesting. It's anchored to the base and the figure by metal studs. The tip of the spear is made from hammered copper and anchored in place with some flax material used for leather binding that looks just like rawhide.
So, I hope you like Red Hawk. It's a nice piece that should move off the reservation fairly quick....at least I hope it does.
More photos in the Gallery and I look forward to your comments as always.