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Waiting Frog Necklace

Waiting Frog Necklace   The Waiting Frog Necklace includes:
*Serpentine frog by Zuni carver Lena Boone
*Sterling bezel, beads, findings
*Earrings have prehnite and coral with sterling conchos and posts
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length:  19.5" - 25.5" (49 cm - 65 cm)
Frog:  2.75" x 1.25" (7 cm x 3 cm)
Weight:  6.3 oz (177 gm)

Earrings:  1.5" long; 4.8 gm each (about weight of a nickel)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #424                       SOLD
Lena Boone is a favorite carver of mine. Her style is unique and recognizable and she is a master of finding beautiful images in the stone to complement her subject. There is a search window on the Virgo Moon home page (on the left, you may have to scroll down a bit) where you can search for other examples of her work. For this beautiful frog, she selected green serpentine which varies from dark to light green. She found the frog right at the intersection of these two shades, and you can see the stately frog through the swirling water pattern on his back. Although large, the frog is thin so he is a pleasure to wear. The Book of Stones gives the key words for serpentine: "access to spiritual history of the Earth, connection with Nature, kundalini awakening." Ahsian goes on to mention that "serpentine carries within it the matrix of evolution for the Earth herself." Matching stones to these beautiful carvings is always a challenge. One can't simply order up some serpentine beads-- as the Peterson Field Guide mentions, serpentine occurs in white, green, brown, yellow, red and black. The frog seemed to like the prehnite beads. Prehnite is associated with both earth and water as is the frog. Ahsian says prehnite offers a reflective vantage point for exploring the nature of one's experience. Isn't that what this frog is doing?

Oh boy, there are a lot of frog references below-- they seem to be multiplying like frogs. Starting with McManis who attempts to give the Zuni understanding of the animal, we see the frog is a major rain-bringing fetish and is associated with abundance and fertility. (Many references caution women about the powerful fertility aspect of these carvings.) The Egyptians also associated the frog with fertility and specifically spontaneous reproduction. Amulets claims the frog is the most common amulet associated with water, and it describes frog amulets from Vietnam, New Zealand, Central Asia, England, Morocco, etc. In North America, the frog has been carved since prehistoric times with the Hohokam producing shell frogs. Patterson shows many petroglyphs which are thought to be frogs. Dubin provides an illustration of a beautiful spiny oyster frog inlaid with turquoise from Chaco Canyon, probably A.D. 1000-1200. She quotes a Northwest Coast shaman tradition that frogs transmit power through their tongues. I don't have the source for this so I can't check whether this transmission is via speech or a kiss. The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams interprets the frog into a prince story as suggesting the power to transform the dark, unformed side of oneself into something which is fully aware and radiant. The Medicine Cards assign cleansing to the frog, another aspect of this same transformation. I put a stylized butterfly on the reverse of the frog's bezel to keep the frog company and emphasize transformation as well.

Was this frog meant for you? I think you know for sure! He's waiting for you...

One-of-a-kind, subject to prior sale

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