Zuni Bowlerite Frogs
Zuni Bowlerite Frogs
Zuni Bowlerite Frogs
Zuni Bowlerite Frogs
Zuni Bowlerite Frogs

Zuni Bowlerite Frogs

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Zuni carver, Ed Lementino, bundled these two green frogs together with white clam, turquoise and coral beads.  They are carved out of deep green "bowlerite" which is reclaimed from discarded bowling balls.  As stones become more rare, it is interesting to see what other materials creative carvers will use!

Size: 1" h x 1.5" L x 1" W

Frogs begin life in the water as tadpoles, grow legs and are able to be on land or lily pads.  They go through a profound transition and are related to water and land.  Female frogs lay many eggs at once and are associated with fertility.  The frogs are known to sing before the rains come in Zuni Pueblo.  During droughts people will bury frog carvings in the Earth to invite the rain to come.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.