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Bernard Laiwakete - Zuni Fossil Wolf Fetish Carving
This large, very unique table fetish is carved from a piece of black marble containing orthocera and other fossils.
"Old Wolf" has a big bushy tail.
With medicine bundle of Mother of Pearl arrowhead, turquoise nuggets and shell heishi tied with sinew.
Magnificent orthocera fossil on one side.
Smaller fossils throughout the stone.
turquoise eyes and
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. A double fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.
What is Orthocera? An orthocera dates back to the Silurian Age over 400 million years ago. They are the earliest recognizable animals. Able to swim and crawl, orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches to over six feet long. When they died, their shells fell to the ocean floor and after being covered by sediment, were transformed into stone.
Medicine Bundle. Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that can consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. These may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.
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.
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