posted on Apr, 12 2013 @ 02:00 AM
It's a beautiful and compelling piece of stonework, and I think your friend's coworker is very lucky!
That said, I'm going to have to echo what Punkinworks said:
Originally posted by punkinworks10
It's very interesting, but it is clearly not made by a native culture, as it is in a very European form of a like like bust. What native American
sculpture there is is very stylized in form and almost never realistic. I agree with those that think its modern, and it looks a lot like a craft kit
item from the seventies.
I agree that the style is modern American and it's a stylized version of the "noble savage." Things like this were popular in the late 60's and
early 70's and I agree it might be from that era. There was a resurgence of art about Native Americans at that time (along with a lot of horrible
and kitschy "pretty Indian girls with pots art"), and this has that sort of style.
I think it was probably a more expensive piece from that time period. But it's clearly not ancient
The coloring on it adds a lot of character to the piece. When in doubt, take it to an auctioneer who specializes in art... but I think you'll find
it confirmed that it's a piece done within the last 50 years.