Native American Zuni frog Fetish Carving

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Andres Lementino - Zuni frog Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving by Andres Lementino

Jet frog with turquoise eyes.

Materials
Jet, turquoise, spiny oyster,
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Length
1 7/8"
Width
1 3/4"
Height
3/4"
Hallmark
AL
Artist
Andres Lementino, Zuni

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving by Andres Lementino

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Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving by Andres Lementino

Dime above shows scale of frog.

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving by Andres Lementino

Heartline of spiny oyster shell, and three inlaid tadpoles of turquoise.

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving by Andres Lementino

What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

Jet (Acoma Jet) - A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Jet can be heavy or very lightweight and it is sometimes mistaken for plastic. Read about stones.

Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides or on the top of the animal. It usually extends from the mouth to the region of the heart. There are many interpretations as to what a heart line represents, but it is often said to represent the pathway of the breath of the animal to the life force which is the heart. Others feel that the heart line points to the soul of the animal. It is thought that a heart line gives the fetish healing or medicinal power.


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