A Helpful Wasp On A Toadstool

By Camilio Martinez

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Camilio Martinez descends from the greater Laate family of Zuni artists. His father is Charles Martinez Sr., and his brother is Charles Martinez Jr., both wonderful carvers. 

Wasps are important in keeping garden and crop pests under control, as they capture and consume many harmful insects. We're loving Camilio's marble wasp with mother-of-pearl wings, that are incised and darkened with jet paste. This beneficial insect also has segmented antennae and a little stinger of mother-of-pearl. A Picasso marble toadstool is the perfect and permanent resting spot for this winged creature. Approximately 2 1/2" tall, 2" wide and 2 1/4" deep.