Zuni Fetishes Carvings

Zuni fetish carvings are among the worlds most collected expressions of American Indian art. These carvings represent animals of the natural world and have spiritual meanings and ceremonial purpose. Traditionally Zuni fetishes were carved from bone, antler, horn, shell and wood as well as stone. For today’s commercial trade, artists most frequently carve from stone. The fetishes range in size from as small as a fingernail to palm-size. Carved animal forms that are especially large will often be categorized as sculptures. Read more…

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