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"Black Hops"
Frog Fetish Carving
  HK Item # F414 

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frog fetish carving of Acoma jet

materials
jet, turquoise, coral
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length
1 1/2"
width
1 1/8"
height
5/8"
hallmark
inscribed with maker's mark
artist
unknown

frog fetish carving of Acoma jet

Coral and turquoiese power spots.

frog fetish carving of Acoma jet

Turquoise eyes.

"Black Hops"
Frog Fetish Carving

F414 - $40 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "In my opinion, this item shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we are unable to attribute the maker's mark to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

frog fetish carving of Acoma jet

 

frog fetish carving of Acoma jet

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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.

Jet (Acoma Jet)

A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Jet can be heavy or very lightweight and it is sometimes mistaken for plastic. Read about stones.

Frog Symbolism

Frogs and turtles are some of the oldest and most commonly carved Zuni fetishes. Frogs are considered a major rain-bringing fetish so very important to the Zuni who live in an arid portion of the southwest US. Frogs also represent abundance and fertility. It is said that women become pregnant when a frog fetish is kept next to the bed - which can be a good thing or a surprise! So be forewarned!

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