Reversible Bear & Corn Maiden Emergence

By Chad Quandelacy

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Emerging from a strong Bear (or Medicine-bear) are Corn-maidens all carved from a lovely, matrix-rich green turquoise, cleanly presented on a base of jet. Airy incised Dragonfly friends, along with etched fanciful flowers inlaid with turquoise, decorate this approximate 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide and 3/4" deep reversible work that represents strength and unity. The soothing Corn maiden's faces are incised and darkened with jet paste, while the powerful bear's eyes are inlaid with turquoise. One side shows corn maiden's incised shawl flaps open in a beautiful manner. Chad Quandelacy's parents are renowned Zuni carvers Stewart Quandelacy and Priscilla Lasiloo.