Ammolite Corn Maiden & Sunface

By Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez, Zuni-Acoma

Animal: Corn Maiden, Material: Ammolite
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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 ammolite Corn-maiden has subtle opalized areas and is accompanied by a Zuni Sunface. The Corn Maiden's face is from mother-of-pearl etched and filled with jet paste. A lovely sugilite inlay adorns her. Dimensions of this spectacular fetish are approximately 3 1/2" tall, 3 1/4" wide and 1" deep.

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