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Tiny Root Beer Agate Frog by Ricky Laahty

116.00
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Tiny Root Beer Agate Frog by Ricky Laahty

116.00

Zuni Fetish Frog by Ricky Laahty, root beer agate with inlaid eyes of mother of pearl and onyx. Super-cute, very small but with lots of personality! Ricky Laahty is a highly collected Zuni fetish carver who specializes in frogs.

Approximately 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2".


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Zuni Fetish Frog by Ricky Laahty, root beer agate with inlaid eyes of mother of pearl and onyx. Super-cute, very small but with lots of personality! Ricky Laahty is a highly collected Zuni fetish carver who specializes in frogs.

Approximately 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2".


Ricky Laahty

Ricky Laahty is a highly collected master Zuni fetish carver who specializes in whimsical frogs. He is the son of the late Morris Laahty, a talented Zuni jeweler.  Ricky’s unique eye for detail, creativity and excellent carving skills have brought him worldwide recognition as one of the best Zuni carvers. He has received many awards for his work, including best of division and first place in traditional pueblo fetishes category several years in a row at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Fetishes and Their Meanings

Armadillo - Slow, sure, in no hurry, gets things right, keeper of the home
Badger - Boldness, perseverance, individuality, “South”
Bat -Guardian of the night, cleaner
Bear -Strength, introspection, power of the soul, lightens emotional burdens, “West”
Beaver- Builder, strong sense of family & home, Keeper of the waterways
Bobcat - (Lynx) - Secrets, Clairvoyance, in tune with higher self
Buffalo - Endurance to overcome, great emotional courage, provider of all
Coyote - Trickster, associated with laughter, humor. Works well in a group
Deer - Great power of gentleness
Dolphin - Clairvoyance, trust, loyalty and the spirit of friendship
Eagle -Creator, teacher, loyalty, great integrity, spirit connection to the divine. “Sky”
Elk - Strength, agility and freedom
Fish - Purifier, character, ability to hide emotions
Fox -Camouflage, protection, ingenuity, quickness, great passion
Frog -Cleansing, rainmaker, silently warns of danger, associated with abundance
Hawk - Messenger of the sky, observer
Horned Toad -Self-reliance, longevity, protects ancestral bounty
Horse - Protector of the flocks, power, swiftness, strength, enlightenment, possesses healing powers
Hummingbird - Messenger, stopper of time
Lizard - Dreamer, conservation, agility
Mole - Amplifies connection with the earth, protects the fields “Underground”
Moose - Headstrong, unstoppable, longevity
Mountain Lion - Leadership, resourcefulness, great courage, high standards “North”
Mouse - Timid, secretive, sneaky
Owl - Clairvoyance, wisdom, patience, mental endurance, keeper of the night
Otter - Laughter, curiosity, mischievous
Rabbit - Virtue, serenity, quiet talent, restrained passion
Raccoon - Bandit, shy resourceful
Ram - Sense of self-worth, assures an increase in flocks
Raven - Magic, trickster, teacher, hoarder
Seal - Family oriented, possesses power in numbers
Sheep - Charity, elegance, passion, best at the arts, talents bring riches
Skunk - Wary, conspicuous, intense
Snake - Transmutation, life, death, rebirth
Squirrel - Natural intelligence, saver, protects reserves
Swan - Grace, ability to see the future, intuition
Turkey - Smart, elusive, festive
Turtle - Longevity, fertility, symbol of Mother Earth, home and reliability
Whale - Record keeper, carrier of history, understanding
Wolf - Teacher, family oriented, warm, deeply spiritual, pathfinder, “East”