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A delicate turquoise bird perches on a graceful pink coral branch in this peaceful scene by Veronica Poblano. The tiny bird has dark eyes of inlaid jet complimenting the spider veined inclusions of the turquoise stone. New leaves of turquoise emerge from the coral branch. The entire piece measures about 2 1/4" long, 3/4" wide by 3/4" tall.
Veronica Poblano is from the greater Teddy Weahkee family of carvers. Her father was noted and iconic Zuni carver Leo Poblano, nephew of Teddy Weahkee.
Since bodies of water, such as ponds, streams and lakes cool off as weather conditions change to a colder environment, many fish seek to fatten up in the autumn months. No longer is it their concern to keep cool from the summer's heat, but to hunt prey in waters that may have been too hot before.
Adeptly moving about, prolific and collectible carver Brian Yatsattie's masterful mosaic fish or perhaps a trout, is in hunting mode. It navigates it watery home via drilled eyes. A stunning mosaic of turquoise, shell segments and jet paste are gorgeously overlaid on a bed of abalone. The shimmering abalone side also has inlays of jet paste and shell pieces. The hits of red-orange shell along the top of this approximate 5 5/8" long, 2" tall and 1" wide with curvature, fish are fantastically colorful. This water creature is fabulous viewed from either side.
Bart Gasper, Jr.
Incised to the maximum degree for lush fur-effect, then burnt-out for even more textural appeal, is Bart Gasper Jr.'s incredible cottonwood Bear. Various sizes of crushed turquoise pieces are overlaid on either side of this bear, as heartlines. Its eyes are carved and painted. A segment of natural branch red coral is suggestive of a freshly caught fish or other treat, in the mouth of this approximate 3 3/4" long, 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall fetish.
Emerging from a strong Bear (or Medicine-bear) are Corn-maidens all carved from a lovely, matrix-rich green turquoise, cleanly presented on a base of jet. Airy incised Dragonfly friends, along with etched fanciful flowers inlaid with turquoise, decorate this approximate 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide and 3/4" deep reversible work that represents strength and unity. The soothing Corn maiden's faces are incised and darkened with jet paste, while the powerful bear's eyes are inlaid with turquoise. One side shows corn maiden's incised shawl flaps open in a beautiful manner. Chad Quandelacy's parents are renowned Zuni carvers Stewart Quandelacy and Priscilla Lasiloo.
Keli'i Eli, Zuni-Hawaiian
We're honored to share Keli'i Eli's own words regarding his magnificent tadpole (or polliwog) carving that's made from a glorious #8 Mine turquoise specimen:
"We are all born of a woman within a womb of water. When we receive water blessings, it continues the life cycle for everything on Earth. As tad poles swim in a bed of water after being hatched, they begin to embark on their life journey eventually metamorphosing into a Frog, a Dakk’ya, where it will spend the remainder of its grown up life as a frog. Frogs are our prayer messengers just like Dragonfly, although we ourselves ask for these water blessings as well, Frogs help our voices and thankfulness be heard to our ancestors of the spirit world each time we receive such blessings. Carved from quality number eight turquoise which depicts the water element well, these tad poles are looking for a bed of water to complete their morphological cycle, a place to call home."
At about 4" long, 2 1/2" wide and 3 1/4" tall, Keli'i's blessed each animal with either tiger's eye or jet eyes. Don't miss this outstanding piece celebrating our amphibian friends.
Veronica Poblano's artistic Zuni lineage is important. Her father, iconic Zuni carver Leo Poblano (d) was the nephew of Teddy Weahkee (d). Their enormous contribution to Zuni fetish carving and jewelry continues with Veronica and her daughter Jovanna Poblano.
Permanently perched on a gorgeously carved black lip shell leaf, with crushed turquoise and a few bits of red coral, is this amazing feathered friend of stichtite. Veronica inlaid its lovely wings with turquoise and lapis. Friendly turquoise eyes take in the view, while a flat crest of feathers on its head is overlaid pen shell. About 2 1/4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
Brandon Phillips' mother is Zuni artist Marvelita Phillips who's renowned for her fetish necklaces. Brandon's grandfather was noted carver and jeweler Leonard Halate (d) who started carving in the 1940's. Brandon's uncle is carver Herbert Halate.
Brandon's playful creativeness brought about this wonderful alabaster baby dinosaur with two turquoise tail spikes. It has a neat cross-hatched head and turquoise inlaid eyes. About 3 1/4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
Mike Yatsayte's corn-maiden and Eagle duo is carved from a gorgeous turquoise with incised Dragonfly and star elements. The powerful raptor has turquoise inlaid eyes, while the strong corn maiden's face is overlaid with turquoise, and her facial features are darkened with jet paste. About 3 1/4" tall, 1 7/8" wide and 2 1/4" deep.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this eagle fetish will go to the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary. Please see our resources page for more information on the sanctuary.
Veronica Poblano is from the greater Teddy Weahkee (d) family of carvers. Her father was noted and iconic Zuni carver Leo Poblano (d), nephew of Teddy Weahkee. Her latest masterwork is this magnificent labradorite bird, absolutely glowing with blue, green and yellow hues. It is permanently perched a top a carved turquoise leaf. Either incised wing is set with a sterling silver and red coral or turquoise cabochon. Lapis and turquoise stones are inlaid along the back of this fine bird that has turquoise eyes. This special fetish will be a treasured addition to any collection. About 3 5/8" long, 2" wide and 2" tall. Extra shipping charges may apply.
This graceful little pueblo maiden by Ray Tsalate is carved from antler, patiently standing bare footed on a base of marble. She wears a mother of pearl shell feather in her finely carved hair, swept up into two little buns, plus a fine necklace of inlaid red coral with a turquoise center piece. Her inlaid eyes of brown pen shell and the red coral mouth convey a serene reverence. The sleeves of her dress are decorated with Dragonflies darkened with jet paste while the bottom is accented with an inlaid design turquoise, red coral and lines filled with pipestone paste. This beautiful carving measures about 1 1/8" wide by 1" deep and stands at 3" tall including the base.