Michelle is a daughter of Wilfred Cheama, one of the most celebrated fetish carvers of Zuni.
Her uncle, Lance is credited for introducing meticulously realistic animal carvings, and that is what the family style is known for, including Michelle.
This beguiling frog is sprawled on a rock, smilingly sticking his forked tongue out, and clutching the unfortunate dragonfly it snagged.
The frog is carved in one piece; the turquoise – tongue, dragonfly and inlaid eyes, are added.
The position of the frog, the slight tilt to its head, big eyes, and long back legs with swim-worthy toes, are all charmingly naturalistic.
Its reptilian skin is depicted by all-over etching, while the rock is left simply polished.
The dragonfly, itself, is carefully carved and detailed, from an intensely dark blue turquoise with matrix.
That forked tongue is a piece of bright blue, probably Sleeping Beauty, turquoise.
With its delighted smile, and animated pose, this expertly carved frog brings matching smiles to every onlooker.
Moreover, frogs are very good luck, being water creatures, and are also symbols of fertility.
So, this wonderful little sculpture is more than merely a piece of pretty rock!