Zuni frog Fetish Carving

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Lena Boone - Zuni Frog Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving of moonstone by Lena Boone

Moonstone frog with turquoise eyes.

Materials
moonstone, turquoise, coral, melon shell
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sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
1 3/4"
Width
1 1/2"
Height
1 1/8"
Hallmark
none
Artist
Lena Boone, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksLena Boone's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving of moonstone by Lena Boone

Medicine bundle of a melon shell arrowhead with turquoise and coral pieces all tied with sinew.

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Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving of moonstone by Lena Boone

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving of moonstone by Lena Boone

Authentic Native American Zuni frog fetish carving of moonstone by Lena Boone

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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.

Moonstone is a variety of potassium fedspar and it can occur in nearly all colors of the rainbow. A distinctive characteristic of moonstone is a glow or shimmer that seems to originate from deep within the stone rather than on the surface. For thousands of years cultures from every part of the world have revered moonstone, many believing that it was formed from moonbeams or drops of moonlight. Thus, moonstone is believed to possess the properties traditionally associated with the moon: romance, femininity, intuition, dreams, emotion fertility and love. Read about stones.

Frogs and turtles are some of the oldest and most commonly carved Zuni fetishes. Frogs are considered a major rain-bringing fetish so very important to the Zuni who live in an arid portion of the southwest US. Frogs also represent abundance and fertility. It is said that women become pregnant when a frog fetish is kept next to the bed - which can be a good thing or a surprise! So be forewarned!

Medicine Bundle - Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.


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