This is Kolowisi, the Zuni sea serpent resting in a blue cornmeal bowl Hand Carved from a lovely specimen of #8 turquoise (#8 is the name of the mine in Nevada where this turquoise is mined). This is the legend of Kolowisi, the Water Serpent of Zuni Pueblo: The feathered or horned water serpent is a hero in Zuni because he saved the Zuni people from the flood. When the waters rushed into Zuni Pueblo, the people fled to the top of their sacred mountain, Dowa Yallane (Corn Mountain), to get above the flood. They were dying of thirst and starvation and so said prayers to each of the six directions, asking for rescue. Kolowisi heard their prayers and came from the West direction and rested his jaw on top of Dowa Yallane and regurgitated fresh water, meat and seeds and so saved the Zuni people. When the waters receded Kolowisi did not want to go back to the West and so he now resides in the underground lake in the South where the katsinas live. Florentino is one of the most talented and artistically creative carvers at the Zuni Pueblo and his fetishes are highly sought after by serious fetish collectors worldwide. Order this beautiful museum-quality carving now and own an important piece of Zuni art history. Signed F Martinez. 2" tall- 7/8" wide (base)- 1" deep (base). 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.