Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake
Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake

Zuni Picasso Marble Rattlesnake

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Zuni carver, Kenneth Panteah, carved this detailed rattlesnake out of Picasso Marble.  He detailed the scales, inlaid turquoise eyes, and carved a delicate mouth on its face.  We like how it is coiled with its head up and looking around its domain.

Size: 2.625" H x 1.375' L x 1.25" 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.