Native American Zuni Ram Fetish Carving

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Donovan Laiwakete - Zuni
Ram Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Ram Fetish

Ammonite ram with turquoise inlay heartline and eyes. Inlay God's Eye of coral, jet, turquoise and mother of pearl.

Ammonite, turquoise, coral, jet, mother of pearl
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1 1/4 "
1 7/8"
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Donovan Laiwakete, Zuni

Native American Indian Ram Fetish

Native American Indian Ram Fetish

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Ammonite Ram

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Paula says -

"This amazing ram was living in the stone with this fossil seashell for eons until Donovan saw it and brought it out!

"Fetishes carved from ancient fossils will often show fissures and cracks. Sometimes the fossil is so fragile that when being carved, the rock splits partially or completely across. In a few cases the pieces have been reunited which adds to their wabi-sabi. After all, these specimens are millions of years old!!

Native American Indian Ram Fetish

Dime above shows scale of ram.

Native American Indian Ram Fetish


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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, fish rock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

Ammonites are an extinct group of cephalopods, or squid-like creatures that thrived in tropical seas until becoming extinct along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Mesozoic era. Their fossilized shells resemble tightly-coiled rams' horns and they were named after the Egyptian god Ammon who was often depicted wearing ram's horns.

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.

Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, of accepting natural growth, decay, and death. It reveres authenticity above all else. Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came.

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