This nine ounce medicine jar’s lid has been capped with 31 grams of 26 gauge Sterling silver and is crowned with a genuine Zuni frog fetish carved from Picasso marble, with turquoise inlay, by Joanne Cheama (see below).
Picasso Marble is a type of marble found in Utah that has a geometric grid of black and tan crisscrossing lines that resemble an abstract painting. It is a type of metamorphosed limestone, which is a calcium magnesium carbonate mineral, with a hardness of 4.0 to 5.0 on the Mohs scale. The striking patterns are created by iron oxides that form as lines and veins, often resembling a beautiful painted scene.
The metaphysical qualities of Picasso marble are good for grounding, self-control, clarity, protection, and dream recall. It is used to aid mind expansion and to help manifest physical goals. It is also used for weight loss and to assist the transformation of relationships.
The Sterling silver on the lid serves to enhance the energetic qualities of the stones around it, while strengthening the connection between the astral and physical planes.
To the Zuni, the frog represents abundance, fertility, cleansing, peace, and emotional healing. Along with silently warning us of danger, the frog is also believed to be able to petition the spirits to bring rain, which is very important in the high desert of Zuni, New Mexico. The frog is one of the most commonly carved fetishes today, and has been carved since prehistoric times. It is said that keeping a frog fetish next to the bed will allow a woman to become pregnant, so be careful.
Place your herbs, medicine, or keepsakes in the Native American Medicine jar to infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies.
The Cheama family is one of the most highly respected, prize-winning carving families in Zuni Pueblo, once dominating the carving scene. Joanne Cheama carves very attractive beavers, bears, and frogs, often with interesting turquoise inlay.
Jar measures: 3 3/4″ tall (without fetish) x 3″ diameter.
Design Concept and project coordination by Native American Medicine Company, headed by WB Freeman.
This medicine jar was constructed by Sun Arc Jewelry Arts, with master craftsmanship by Pat McCartney, who has created distinctive jewelry and stonework for over 40 years, cutting her first stones at 13 years of age.
The fetish used by Native American Medicine Company was collected by Zuni Fetish Gallery, led by Dave Dozark, who has traded in Zuni fetishes for over 20 years.
Box construction materials provided by Bruce Barlow of Barlow’s Gems, a foremost purveyor of minerals and gemstones in the Southwest.
The genuine Zuni frog fetish was hand carved by Joanne Cheama, a tribe woman of the Shiwi people, residing in the pueblo of Zuni in the northwest corner of New Mexico.