Our collection of Fetish Carvings is extensive, with only a small sampling seen here. We sell a lot of fetishes! You can order these online, or contact the gallery directly to learn more about what other pieces are available. We are offering FREE SHIPPING via First Class Mail at this time - again, contact us directly. Zuni bear fetish carved from travertine rock by Jimmy xbikini.xyz is protected by a mother of pearl arrowhead, red coral and turquoise. Jimmy Yawakia, whose family name means ‘falls in love’, carves with genuine respect in keeping with traditional old style fetishes. This Zuni bear fetish measures cm from nose to rump and 4cm in height.
Aug 02, · In the early s, Zuni artist Otis Neecy carved this bear from pink soapstone using a traditional pump drill and placed turquoise chips for the eyes. A projectile point is tied to its back. The bear is a depiction of a Zuni animal god, which, in fetish form, holds the spirit of the animal. Carved by Zuni artist Freddie Leekya, features arrowhead cluster of turquoise, pink coral and crystal. Measures approximately 7cm long, 4cm high, 2cm wide.
A fetish is an object, natural or man made, in which a spirit is thought to reside and which can be used to affect either good or evil. (see the book “The Fetish Carvers of Zuni” pg. 15) Fetishes have been carved out of stone and shell since prehistoric times and were always very simply done. Biographies of the Zuni fetish carving artists whose work we are pleased to offer at Sunshine Studio. Families include Leekya, Quam, Quandelacy, Boone, Eriacho, Laiwakete, and many others. Prominent artists include Troy Sice, Ray Tsalate, Travis Lasiloo, Jeff Shetima, Loren Tsalabutie, Jimmy Yawakia, and Dee Edaakie.
While the Zuni fetish carvings you see on our website and others are considered Zuni fetishes, carved by accomplished artists such as Andres Quandelacy, Bremette Epaloose, Lena Boone, Ron Laahty, Ricky Laahty, Claudia Peina, Stewart Quandelacy, and Andres Quam, a true Zuni fetish does not leave the village and is blessed by a Shaman or Medicine Man and used by the carver himself or a special . Zuñi fetish bear and animal carvings are one of the most popular and collectible art forms of Native American artistry. This is a highly creative and expressive art form, uniquely mastered by Zuñi carvers. The tradition goes back centuries, became popular in the early 20th century. Fetish carving has had a resurgence since the s.
Zuni Fetishes Traditionally, Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni Indians. These carvings serve a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American art, they are sold with non-religious intentions to collectors worldwide. Today, fetishes are bought as objects of art and as objects of medicine. Whenever possible, we will try to put a short description of what the fetish represents, but bear in mind that each animal or color may mean something slightly different among the Navajo, Hopi or Pueblo peoples.