Inlaid sunface of mother of pearl, turquoise jet and coral.
Eyes and mouth of inlaid turquoise.
$55 plus s/h
Medicine bundle of mother of pearl arrow head.
What is an Animal Fetish?
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 double bear fetish Carving of fishrock and turquoise, jet and coral.
Indian Bear Symbolism
Bear is considered
the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects
of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge.
He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate
action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The
Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six
About Sunface Symbolism
The Sunface is found throughout Zuni art, from jewelry to weavings to pottery. It represents the sunlight and warmth that makes life and growth possible and brings playfulness and joy to children and good fortune and prosperity to families. The center of the circle represents the face of Sun. The two sections of the forehead are typically turquoise and coral and symbolize the continuous cycle of sunrise and sunset. The lower part of the Sunface is mother of pearl with rectangular eyes and round mouth of jet. Bordering the face is a circle of feathers, usually of mother of pearl and jet or coral.
Fetishes and Carvings
5 - Types of Fetishes