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Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez, Zuni-Acoma
During the Devonian to the Cretaceous periods, the right conditions had to be in place for an ammonoid mollusk to fossilize as an ammonite. As the ancient seas receded, the ammonoids were buried by layers of bentonite sediment. This sediment preserved the aragonite of their shelled remains, preventing it from converting to calcite. A very thin sheet of material on the surface of the creature's shell, between approximately 0.5 to 0.8 millimeters, opalized and those rare areas are called an ammolite.
Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez's reversible ammolite fetish hosts Corn-maidens, Zuni Sunface and Grandmother. Facial features are etched and darkened with jet paste on either gold lip shell or mother-of-pearl. The Zuni Sunfaces are inlaid stone to stone from either apple coral, gold lip shell, both blue and green turquoises and sugilite. Nestled below them is an ancient pueblo village. Many pink coral, red coral, both green and blue turquoises, plus rare sugilite accent them. This collectible masterwork is about 5" tall, 4 1/4" wide and 1" deep.
Daryl Shack, Sr.
Fred Bowannie Jr.
In Zuni tradition, long ago Corn-Maidens saved the Zunis from famine and drought by nourishing them with sacred corn kernels from their bodies. Andrew Quam's travertine corn maiden's striking beauty is emphasized by a turquoise face with jet and red coral features. Crushed turquoise on the base of Silverado jet represents water. Including the base, measurements are as follows: about 3" tall, 2 1/4" wide and 2 3/8" deep.
Andrew is a wonderful carver from the greater Johnny Quam (d), Andrew Emerson Quam (d) and Bossie Quam (d) family of noted Zuni artists. Andrew's mother was Rosalia Quam (d) who learned the art from her step-father George Cheechee Haloo (d). She was well-known for stringing bird fetishes and also for her animal carvings. Rosalia and her husband Andrew Emerson Quam taught their children, including Andrew how to carve.
Ray Tsalate's nurturing "Mother" figurine has been honorably carved from antler in her natural and perhaps expecting state. Traditional whorls of hair and bangs have been intricately incised and she exudes maternal wisdom as the life-giver. A myriad of faceted and sparkling lapis lazuli beads are strung along with two golden beads. Beautifully worked sterling silver findings and a toggle closure are fine details in this approximate 24" long museum-quality and important necklace. The Zuni mother pendant portion measures approximately 2 1/2" long and 3/4" wide.