Original Frog

By Melvin Eriacho

Animal: Frog, Material: Zuni Travertine
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Frogs are small vertebrates that need water, spending more time in it than a related toad. Eggs, tadpoles and adult frogs are a critical component of many ecological communities. Other animals rely on them as a food source. Frogs are the first animals to respond to environmental changes like pollution and climate change. Their disappearance is an early warning sign something is wrong.

In Zuni Pueblo, frogs often appear on prayer bowls and dances are given asking for water in the form of rain or snow. They’re considered a major rain-bringing fetish, associated with abundance, fertility and cleansing. Melvin Eriacho's excellent Frog is masterfully carved from indigenous Zuni travertine with eyes from turquoise. It's a gorgeous stone polished beautifully which makes this water creature appear as though it just emerged from the pond. About 3 1/2" long, 2 3/8" wide and 1 3/4" tall.

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