Gnarly Little Horned Toad
Gnarly Little Horned Toad
Gnarly Little Horned Toad

Gnarly Little Horned Toad

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This gnarly little horned toad by Kent Banteah is carved from cuprite (a metallic mineral that is very hard to carve!) and chrysocolla.  It is a fat little carving with black eyes that are holes carved into the stone.  And, its a bit heavy for its size due to the cuprite which makes it feel very good in the hand.

Size: .75" Hi x 1.75" L x 1.25" W

Horned toads are thorny lizards with a fat body and very short tail.  If they feel attacked they can puff up to look bigger and their spiky scales can make them look like too much work to eat.  They can  also shoot blood out of their eyes up to 5 feet when threatened.  If you are looking for something to symbolize nonviolent protection, the horned toad may do the trick!

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.