A Zuni trademark, fetish jewelry features animals, leaves or faces carved out of a hard material, like turquoise, coral, rocks or antlers. Realism in carving style is a matter relative to the beliefs of its owner, and the realism in contemporary carving is a product of collector request and demand and the intent of Zuni carvers to raise the level of their art form through participation in the world of contemporary art. Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. Ranging from over a hundred dollars, the prices of authentic fetishes can vary. These small items, although colorful to the eye, are intended to protect and feed the fetish itself. Thank you for your patience. You can browse our fetish necklace section; the majority of ours are by Navajo carvers.
These guardians are considered as having protective and healing powers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unlike the Prey Gods of the Hunt these fetishes were never deposited with a keeper, but like the Prey Gods of the Hunt they were fed on the blood of the slain and their ceremony involved depositing sacred flour to the four directions and reciting a prayer, and like the Prey Gods of the Six Regions they were protective of the carrier Cushing, This page was last edited on 10 September , at
Is a 1 strand necklace, 24 inches long with silver or silver metal clasp and contains 44 carved birds that are each different size and shape and colors. Serpentine used in Native American Fetish Carvings. Pig by Stanton Hannaweeke — Zuni. I have seeing your web site and I love you display of jewelry. The spacers between the birds appear to be shell. The 2-strand necklace is 30 inches long without the clasp and contains 72 carved birds that are each one-inch long.