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Zuni Fetish- Mother Turtle and 2 Baby Turtle on Log , Antler - Signed Maxx Laate
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US $270.00
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Artisan: Maxx Laate
Size: 5 1/4"L x 1 1/4"W x 1 1/8"H at highest point Origin: USA Zuni Pueblo
Style: Turtles Tribal Affiliation: Zuni
Material: Carved from Deer Antler
 Zuni Fetish Mother Turtle and 2 Baby Turtles on Log - Antler - Signed by Maxx Laate - Cost $270

BOTH FROG AND TURTLE CARVINGS appeared in prehistoric times as jewelry.  Considered one of, if not the major rain-bringing fetish, the frog is also associated with abundance and fertility.  Turtles also have a rain association in addition to serving as a link to the Zuni ancestors.  Frog and turtle fetishes are some of the most frequently carved at Zuni.

A FETISH is a Native American carving believed to have power. Many Native American tribes create and use fetishes, the most renowned fetish carvers are the Zuni, who call themselves Asiwi (Ah-she-wee).

The Zuni have used fetishes for many purposes: to enable hunters to catch game, to make game more plentiful, and also for curing ceremonies. Fetishes may protect individuals as well as the community. The Zuni believe that animals are more like the deities and have more power than man. They also believe that both practical and spiritual power reside in their fetishes.

There are two major groupings of fetishes (and some overlap between them)
Protective or healing animals include:
  • mountain lion
  • bear                                     
  • badger                                 
  • wolf
  • eagle
  • mole
The hunting and prey animals include:
  • mountain lion   
  • coyote 
  • bobcat
  • wolf
  • eagle
  • mole
-------The above information is from A Guide to Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, Volume I: The Animals & Carvers by Kent McManis, Treasure Chest Books, Tucson, Arizona, 1995, 1998.
Residents of Colorado must pay a State Sales Tax of 2.9%

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