Native American Zuni Horse Fetish Carving

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"Big Hands"
Andres Lementino - Zuni Horse Fetish Carving

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Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish

Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish

The painted orange hands, one on each side, are recessed slightly into the rump of the horse.

Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish

Inlaid turquoise eyes and inlaid
turquoise heartline on both sides.

4 1/4"
Andres Lementino, Zuni

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Andres Lementino - Zuni
Jet Horse Fetish Carving
- FH247
"Big Hands"

$185 SOLD

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Paula says -

"I wish my horse had a coat this shiny! Andres did a super job of carving and polishing this flawless piece of jet."

Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish

Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish 

Hand made Native American Indian Zuni Horse Fetish


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. Read more about fetishes.

The horse is an animal of freedom and the Horse Fetish has the power of healing, strength and safe movement.

Heart Line

The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides 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.

The Hand

In Native American art, the hand usually represents the presence of man. From the earliest hand imprints on cave walls, the hand depicts a man's work, achievements and his personal history.

When a hand had a swirl in the middle of it, that is said to be the "eye in hand" and represents a mystic, or all-seeing, hand, the presence of the Great Spirit in man.

A Native American's horse was highly honored and often covered in symbols for various purposes. This would vary from tribe to tribe but hand prints were often used in various positions on a horse to mean different things.

The most prized handprint was when preparing for battle, if it was a kill-or-be-killed mission, an upside-down hand would be placed on the warrior's horse.

If a horse knocked down an enemy, right and left hand prints were put on the horse's chest.

The Pat Hand Print was the left hand pressed onto the horse's right hindquarters. It was put on a horse who had returned from a dangerous mission with his master unharmed.

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