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Enrike Leekya - Zuni Horse Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Horse Fetish Carving of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Material
travertine (Zuni stone), turquoise, jet
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Length
1 1/4"
Height
1 3/8 "
Width
5/8"
Hallmarks
inscribed: E L
Artist
Enrike Leekya, Zuni

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

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Authentic Native American Horse Fetish Carving of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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Enrike Leekya - Zuni
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Authentic Native American Horse Fetish Carving of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Horse Fetish Carving of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Eyes of turquoise and hooves of jet.

Authentic Native American Horse Fetish Carving of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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What is an Animal Fetish?

Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksA fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such as turquoise, jet and coral.
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About the Spirit of the Horse

The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast, and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horses are symbols that can express our magical side. Horses are also known as symbols of freedom and independence.


What is a Medicine Bundle?

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


About Travertine (Zuni Rock, Zuni Stone)

A non-crystalline, porous rock found on the Zuni reservation. Travertine is a form of limestone (calcium carbonate) so in its pure form, it would be white, but most often travertine occurs in yellow, brown and gray hues due to the presence of other minerals. The late Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse was especially noted for carving with this stone and his descendents continue to use travertine in their carvings today.

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