Orthoceras Fossil Snake
Orthoceras Fossil Snake
Orthoceras Fossil Snake
Orthoceras Fossil Snake
Orthoceras Fossil Snake

Orthoceras Fossil Snake

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This rattlesnake was carved by Zuni married couple, Farlan and Paulette Quam.  It is an excellent use of the stone, orthoceras fossil!  This fossil stone from Morocco is over 400 million years old and the fossilized creature along the center is distantly related to modern day octupi and squid.   It has inlaid turquoise eyes and a well defined rattle.  It feels very good in the hand.

Size: 4.625" H x 2" W

Snakes are strong, agile, and fast.  Sinuous in their movements, they are only seen when they want to be seen.  They shed their skins as they grow without sentiment for what they leave behind.  When threatened, some snakes have venomous bites, like this rattlesnake.  Men in some of the Pueblos conduct a snake dance where they dance with living rattlesnakes which do not bite them.  These ceremonies are private, and outsiders are not allowed.  Powerful medicine.

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.