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Zuni Pueblo tradition teaches that during the old-days Corn-maidens saved the Zunis from famine and drought by nourishing them with sacred corn kernels from their bodies. Alan Lewis' hand-carved and hand-painted, cottonwood root and acrylic paints, honoring corn maiden stands a tall 9", 2 1/2" wide and 2" deep. Etched and burnished details are seen on her corn body, including hovering Dragonfly friends on her shawl. Signed by the artist. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Keli'i Eli, Zuni-Hawaiian
"Daughter & Mother Prayer" is an approximate 7" tall, 5" wide and 4 1/4" deep, including lovely black granite base, reversible sculpture by Keli'i Eli. Sgraffito markings highlight a Zuni daughter and mother, with their traditional hairstyles shown in three-dimensions within the calcite. The other side resembles a landscape with falling rain.
We'd like to share Keli'i's own beautiful words regarding this incredible work:
"A love between mother and daughter is like no other. Closeness shared from beginning in mother’s womb transcends into continued growth from newborn to adulthood - passing down sacred knowledge, beliefs, culture, language, tradition… One of the morning rituals shared is to wake with the Sun (Yadokkya Datchu - Sun Father). Morning prayer is how each day starts giving thanks for the gift of life. We ask for blessings in the form of good health for self as well as for family and friends far and near. We asked the Creator for blessings of good crop growth, successful hunting, and that everything within Mother Earth, the stars, the Milky Way, the planets, the galaxies all work in unison of one another to sustain life and to keep everything in a state of equilibrium. Morning prayer to Sun Father is carved from translucent Honeycomb Calcite and is mounted to a polished black granite base."
Signed by the artist. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Daryl Shack, Sr.
Joel Pajarito, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
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.
Ray Tsalate's original "Tortoise Siblings" carving expresses the traditional and shared kinship between two relatives. This masterful Turtle carving is brought about from one antler specimen. Harmoniously united, each one has expressive eyes of gold lip shell, turquoise or pen shell, while the tortoise maiden also has a set of pen shell inlaid eyes. She wears a lovely turquoise and red coral necklace, while her mouth is inlaid with vibrant lapis. Ray beautifully inlaid tiny pen shell claws in one of the tortoises. Each tortoise's gorgeous carapace is incised and inlaid with an assortment of luscious materials like red coral, lapis, variscite and malachite. About 2 1/4" tall, 3 3/4" wide and 1 1/8" deep.