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Frog - Serpentine, by Carlton Kaamasee (Zuni)

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Price: $265.00
Item Number: Z001062

Zuni artist Carlton Kaamasee has carved this frog from serpentine and inlaid dots of turquoise, coral, and mother of pearl into its body. The frog is one of the water creatures (along with the turtle)  and is associated with fertility, life, water, continuation of life and crops. In prehistoric times frog carvings used for jewelry were commonplace. The frog is notably known as a rain-bringing fetish and associated with abundance and fertility.

Fetish carvings are made in numerous styles and materials and are representative of a vast array of animals and figures since artists and carvers have become more creative and varied. Carving fetishes has developed into one of the most collectible art forms of the Zuni Tribe today. Fetishes are still made and used in homes, for special purposes and religious ceremony. They originally came from the belief that when a stone resembled a certain animal, the power of that animal resided in the stone. Sometimes after finding such a stone, carving a bit of the stone to bring out more of the animal resemblance was done.

Height: 1.5", Width: 2 1/8", Depth: 2"