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HK Item #FT373
Alvin Toledo, Navajo -
Buffalo Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

material
Picasso marble, turquoise, shell heishi
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copper, Read about copper
size
2 1/4" long
1 1/2" tall
3/4" wide
hallmark
inscribed: A Toledo
artist
Alvin Toledo, Navajo

Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

"Prairie Night"
Alvin Toledo - Navajo
Buffalo Fetish - #FT373

$62 plus s/h
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Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

Copper horns.

Authentic Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving of marble by Alvin Toledo

Turquoise eyes and heartline.

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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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What is Buffalo Medicine?

Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The appearance of Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness.The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.

What Does a Heart Line Represent?

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.

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Zuni Animal Fetish necklaceFetish Necklace - The use of small carved animals on Native American necklaces is a modern invention for the market. It is not traditional to use a fetish, per se, on a necklace or as jewelry.

 

Zuni Horse Table Fetish carvingTable Fetish - Table fetishes stand on a flat surface for viewing. They come in various scales with the 2-inch scale being the size most commonly sold today.

 

Zuni  Pocket Bear Fetish carvingPocket Fetish - A fetish can be carried when the power of the animal is desired to help the person with a routine task or an obstacle or problem. Pocket fetishes might help with safe travel, a successful venture or "hunt", a good yield or "crop".

 

 Native American Medicine BagMedicine Bag Fetish - A fetish can be transported in a medicine bag but it is said that only the mole is content in the darkness for long periods of time.

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