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Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez, Zuni-Acoma
is backordered. We will ship it separately when it becomes available.
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.
Zuni Pueblo Maidens embody feminine strength, power of creation, nurturing and wisdom. Troy Sice's museum quality artwork demonstrates his consummate carving and inlaying skills. He is an award-winning third-generation artist, the grandson of George H. CheeChee (d), nephew of Ramie and Miguel Haloo (d) and half-brother of Colvin Peina (d). He reaches back to a prehistoric Zuni Pueblo tradition in the use of antler and different stone mediums for creating animal and human forms.
A Zuni Maiden Grandmother is identified by old-style whorls of hair and is wearing a shawl, signifying she has not had a baby but has mothered many. A gorgeous gold lip shell carved feather is secured with sterling silver to intricately etched hair. Confident eyes are from inlaid pen shell and a red coral mouth speaks of time-honored ways. The smoothly burnished antler reveals soft folds of a shawl or blanket that is etched with many a Dragonfly filled with lapis, jet, serpentine and pipestone paste. It's bordered with segments of lovely coral, turquoise, lapis, serpentine, pen shell, variscite, spiny oyster shell and gold lip shell. We love the ruffled sleeves of her blouse. Mocassins or boots are inlaid with lapis accents. Dimensions of this collectible treasure are about 4 1/2" tall, 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/4" deep.