In this original sculpture titled “Watchful Eyes,” award-winning sculptor Cliff Fragua depicts the power and beauty of the eagle. Created from Tennessee marble, the sculpture is a showcase for Fragua’s elegant forms and the natural colors of the stone. Fragua honors and celebrates Native heritage in his work, and here he depicts an animal that is revered for its ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world. Fragua is New Mexico’s premiere sculptor, and this magnificent eagle sculpture will be a prized addition to your collection of fine art.
- Original sculpture handcrafted by Clifford Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Titled “Watchful Eyes”
- Tennessee marble
- Sculpture measures 10-3/4” x 11” x 6”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Clifford Fragua of Jemez Pueblo is an internationally acclaimed sculptor known for his graceful work in stone and bronze. He was awarded one of the most prestigious commissions for a sculptor in the United States when he was asked to create a piece representing the state of New Mexico for the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. His marble statue of Popé, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, is the only work by a Native American artist in the collection.
Fragua comes from a family of famed artists, and his mother Juanita and sisters, Glendora and Betty Jean, are highly respected Pueblo potters. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the 1970s, where he studied with legendary Apache sculptor Allen Houser. Fragua has won Best in Pottery at Heard Indian Market and awards from Santa Fe Indian Market, the Wheelwright Museum and the Native American Artist Invitational. His sculpture appears at the Albuquerque International Airport and in many other public locations. In 2005 he was named Indian Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.
Clifford Fragua’s preferred medium is stone, which he sees as an honest and pure material combining basic elements of the earth, allowing him to express the spirit of the Pueblo people. He honors tradition in all of his work, choosing themes that represent and reflect his pride in Pueblo culture. Native Americans have a deep connection to and respect for the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Eagles are particularly revered for their ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world, and are an iconic design in Native American art.
For centuries Native American artist have been creating sculptures and fetishes for sacred and ceremonial use. For the Pueblo people, these were often figurines created from stone, wood or clay. Sculpture using material like alabaster, limestone and marble is a relatively new art form for Native artists, first practiced in the second half of the 20th century. In addition, a growing number of artists are creating beautiful works in glass. In creating their groundbreaking contemporary work, these artists still honor and celebrate their culture by drawing from traditional themes, forms and designs. Many of the most noted Native American sculptors and glass artists working today have studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.