Rhoda Quam Zuni Fetish Carvings
Rhoda Quam is Lynn Quam’s sister. Both Lynn and Rhoda Quam learned their art as children
from their (award winning jeweler and carver) mother, Annie Gasper.
Rhoda worked closely with Annie before she passed away in 2002 and carrie on her mother’s carving tradition.
Rhoda’s attention to detail, her eye for finding magic in stone and her carving excellence put Rhoda among the top fetish carvers / artists in the Zuni Pueblo. The Quam family and the Quandelacy family are neighbors, friends and family.
Rhoda learned to carve Corn Maidens from Faye Quandelacy, the creator of Zuni Corn Maiden carvings. Frankly, it is difficult to tell a Rhoda Corn Maiden from one carved by Faye… which is a compliment of the highest order.
The carvings you see below are done extremely well and I doubt you (or me) will find others this beautiful.
The Rhoda fetishes you see below are made from all natural materials and are IMHO a collector’s essential.
Fossil Marble Zuni Fetish Corn Maiden
Carved out of Black and White Fossil Marble (the fossilized shell is white part of the marble)
Turquoise, Coral, Petite point
Spiney oyster and Malachite / Azurite Faces
On a Turquoise Base
2 3/8″ tall x 1″ wide
Two Sided Zuni Fetish Corn Maiden
Carved out of Travertine Carved with Turquoise, Coral, Pink Mussel Shell
and Mother of Pearl Faces, and Lapis, Malachite, Pink Mussel Shell, and Turquoise Petite Point
2 3/8″ tall x 2″ wide