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Staley Natewa was the first carver we met in Zuni. It was our first time to visit the Pueblo,
I think in 1997,and we bought several of his pieces from Dennis Ortega of (then) Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts. Dennis
called him down to meet us. I was purely star-struck which was only compounded by the introduction of Staley's
companion: Herbert Him. Stunned silly, I left Darlene to do all the talking... frankly, I am still star-struck by the
amazing work produced by these pairs of talented hands. It was a very sad day when we learned that Staley had passed
away, some six years later. He left an indelible mark on tyhe carving and the collecting community at large and rose
quickly to become very popular with most collectors. His eye for design, skill in carving, patience in etching and
bringing a fresh, contemporary style to the tradition of Zuni fetishes was recognized quickly as something special.
He was known for a variety of carvings but most people know him from his lizards, snakes, frogs and horned lizards.
This is a rare carving in that it incorporates a curved leaf element to the amphibious
subject and also adds an examle of the talent and patience Staley had in his carving style. The raised and rounded
eyes are inlaid of malachite which is a departure from the norm, usually they arre made of Sleeping Beauty turquoise,
but I suppose he had some malachite chips laying around and utilized them instead. It looks cool too! The sculpture
is signed S. NATEWA ZUNI in typical Staley fashion. This will be a great addition to your Staley collection!
If you would like to read more about the frog's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "frog" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Zuni Carver: Staley Natewa (d.)
Dimensions: 2 1/2"L x 2 5/8"T x 1 3/4"W
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