Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl
Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl

Catlinite Frog with Offering Bowl

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Rickson Kallestewa carved this awesome frog which I think is catlinite, but could be another stone.  The frog is holding a pot that has an opening for you to put a bit of an offering, maybe cornmeal.  Rickson inlaid jet eyes, a raincloud on the pot, and toes.  He also carved the entire frog with graceful lines that delineate the face, limbs, back and top. 

Size: 1.5" H x 1.5" L x 1.25" 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.