As delicate, shimmering, and ethereal as a real dragonfly, flitting over a creek or pond, this lovely carving is fashioned from natural yellow mother of pearl.
The carver is related to many prominent carvers and families in Zuni, including the Laates, Quams and Kammasees. She has wonderfully conveyed the breathtaking, fragile beauty of the dragonfly.
An important fetish and symbol for almost all Southwestern tribes, dragonflies hover near and above water, so they are powerful symbols of good luck in the desert.
Using this sun-kissed hue of shimmering mother of pearl, the artist has suggested the iridescent fragility of the real dragonfly. Turquoise eyes and inlays in the wings evoke water and sky.
Notice how intricately and beautifully the body is carved, like tapered tiers of ruffles.This is a lovely piece at any price; at this accessible one, it is a real buy.