Native American Zuni Rattlesnake Fetish Carving

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Farlan Quam - Zuni Rattlesnake Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Snake Fetish

Turquoise rattlesnake with jet eyes.

Turquoise, jet, Read about stones
3 1/2"
1 1/8"
Farlan Quam, Zuni

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

Native American Indian Snake Fetish

Farlan Quam, Zuni

Rattlesnake Fetish Carving
F274 - $80 SOLD

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Native American Indian Snake Fetish

Dime above shows small scale of carving.

Native American Indian Snake 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, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

The Snake

The snake in some Native American cultures represents speed and swiftness, the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow and they often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall, fertility and healing. Snake symbols are rarely seen in Navajo jewelry and art but are often used by Zuni.

We here in northern Colorado live with snakes on a seasonal basis - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.

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