Native American Zuni Snake Fetish Carving

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Adrian Cachini - Zuni
Snake Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni Snake fetish carving of pipestone by Adrian Cachini

Pipestone body with turquoise eyes, heart line and power spots.

Materials
pipestone, turquoise, Read about stones
Length
1 1/8"
Width
1"
Height
1"
Hallmark
inscribed: Adrian Cachini
Artist
Adrian Cachini, Zuni

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

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Authentic Native American Zuni Snake fetish carving of pipestone by Adrian Cachini

Adrian Cachini, Zuni
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Authentic Native American Zuni Snake fetish carving of pipestone by Adrian Cachini

Authentic Native American Zuni Snake fetish carving of pipestone by Adrian Cachini

Turquoise heart line.

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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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About the Symbol of the Snake

You'll probably never see snakes used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.

The snake in some Native American tribes is considered to represent the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow. They often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility. Other tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle.

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

What is 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.

 

What is pipestone?

Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones

Zuni Fetishes and Carvings
Types of Fetishes

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