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Ray Tsalate's artistic brilliance and never-ending ingenuity is expressed in a truly remarkable single strand fetish necklace called "Mother Earth". He shared these meaningful words with us: "My inspiration comes from my Zuni culture. We are brought up to understand the Earth is our All-Mother. The Ultimate Feminine Divinity and Energy that flows through every single one of us; Flora & Fauna and the spaces in-between, like the blood in our veins. We are her Essence and Beauty manifested physically...I understood this piece to be a sort of homage to Mother Earth and her children."
Inspiration also came to Ray from an "eye-opening" trip to Chaco Canyon, an ancient ancestral puebloan site in northwestern New Mexico, as well as his Zuni Pueblo upbringing where he was taken to sacred sites and taught their significance. Both locations are home to early rock art or petroglyphs. At Chaco Canyon, he was in awe of the intricate rock art, incredible architecture, the culture and connection that exists there. In Zuni, the rock art he saw as a youngster was "connected to Mother Earth", "Human Figures or Caretakers", and a "variety of animals".
Back home in his studio was a rich stash of treasured beads made recently and years prior. After intricately carving, beautifully inlaying, polishing and carefully stranding a gorgeous assortment of high-quality materials such as sky-blue turquoise, glistening mother-of-pearl, pen shell, rare sugilite, gold lip shell, watery abalone, antler, serpentine, colorful lapis lazuli, spiny oyster shell, golden amber, garnet, fresh water pearl, red and pink corals, plus variscite, resulted in this never seen before, approximate 38" long museum-quality necklace. At its center is a cherished turquoise Mother, measuring about 1 1/2" long, 7/8" wide and 3/8" deep. Accompanying her are delightful animals such as birds, perhaps Eagles and Hawks, bushytails like Coyote, Wolf and Fox, Mountain-lions (cougar, puma or panther), maybe a Bison (or buffalo), Moles, Bears, Owls, Frogs, Turtles and Badgers. Heavenly stars, sweetly blooming flowers and even a darling mushroom are seen.
The exquisite lapis lazuli beads are faceted and twinkle with happiness along with the other mouth-watering ones. All the cheerful animal's eyes are inlaid from either coral, turquoise, pen shell, lapis lazuli, malachite and mother-of-pearl. A sterling silver toggle closure is lovely. Extra shipping charges may apply. This outstanding necklace will be featured in a special advertisement for Keshi in El Palacio magazine, Summer edition 2022.
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.
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.
Denise Eustace, Cochiti-Zuni