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"Glow Worm"
Daphne Neha, Zuni - Snake Fetish Carving

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Snake Fetish Carving of onyx with inlaid jet eyes and power spots

Snake Fetish Carving of onyx with inlaid jet eyes and power spots

materials
onyx, jet, Read about stones
length
4 1/2"
width
5/8"
height
1/4"
hallmark
inscribed: S.D.P.  J.S.L.
artist
unknown

Snake Fetish Carving of onyx with inlaid jet eyes and power spots

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"Glow Worm"
Daphne Neha, Zuni

Snake Fetish Carving
F468 (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)
$95 plus s/h

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

Snake Fetish Carving of onyx with inlaid jet eyes and power spots

Snake Fetish Carving of onyx with inlaid jet eyes and power spots

Inlaid jet eyes and power spots.

Indian Snake Symbolism

For some Native American tribes the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility and is depicted as as lightning or a lightning arrow. Some tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Snakes are rarely used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.

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?

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.

snake - Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. snake's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself snd others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.

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