Essential Horned Lizard

By Christopher Sandoval, Zuni-San Felipe

Animal: Horned Lizard, Material: Cuprite
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Horned Lizards (horned toad or horny toad) are associated with the Red Ant Society in Zuni culture. Interestingly, native red harvester ants are a horned lizard's main source of nourishment. Christopher Sandoval's horned lizard is a spectacular carving. The cuprite's bold red and green natural colors express the powerfulness these small reptile's embody, both in their presence and importance in Zuni tradition. Turquoise inlaid eyes, a crown of horns and great cross-hatching enhance this endangered reptile's wonderfulness. About 3 3/4" long, 1 3/4" wide and 1" tall.