Original Price: $30 Size: 6x5x5 inches. (heightXwidthXdepth) Grade: B+
The Kaya bookend is absolutely lovely. It has a good weight to it and nothing feels like it's likely to break off at any point. It's an outdoor scene of Kaya creating a basket (the typical flat kind of the Nez Perce) in front of a background of purple flowers and fields.
I love the perspective of the sculpt. The flowers and rocks closest to Kaya are fully three-dimensional, but as the image recedes, they lose their shape until they're simply painted onto the backdrop.
The sculpt of Kaya herself is also lovely. It's about a zillion times better than the ornaments or figurines, I think, and she looks so very peaceful.
I love this bookend and I think it's one of the nicer ones (and not just because Kaya's my favorite girl!), but I'm a little disappointed in the color. It's possible that mine has faded after five months sitting on my desk, but even relative to each other, the colors are kind of bland. Kaya stands out mostly because she's done up in warm colors while the background is all cools, but otherwise, she's also rather bland.
It's also a very simple design, compared to the other girls. I understand that her tribe did not have a written language, or really, anything to properly "read," so by nature her bookend has to be radically different from the others. But I still feel a bit down that it's so plain, even if it is just lovely.
The backdrop is curved to help with the trompe l'oeil, and the back of it is smooth plaster or resin, or whatever it's made from. The underside of the bookend has a Hallmark/AG stamp and four felt casters.