Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog
Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog
Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog
Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog
Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog
Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog

Zuni Ruby in Fuchsite Frog

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This traditional style frog was made by Zuni carver, Daphe Quam, from ruby in fuchsite.  Daphne inlaid red coral for eyes.  The bundle is made of a finely carved abalone arrowhead with turquoise beads.  We love the details on the back legs.

Size: 1" H x 2" L x 1.5" W

Frogs are associated with rain, and there are many frogs buried in yards in Zuni Pueblo to invite the rain to visit.  They are also associated with fertility since frogs lay so many eggs.  And, in some traditions, frogs are also associated with transformation because they begin life in the water as tadpoles and transition to being able to be on land as adults.

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.