The Native American tribe of Zuni have received world renown for their spectacular art of Fetish carvings. Not only that but they are undoubtedly among the very best of talented silversmiths worldwide. With their unique gift of perfection in semi-precious gem inlay work crafted so finely that you can not get a hair between the gemstones, incorporated into their Fetish carvings make them highly collectable and treasured. This however is not the main reason people globally collect Fetish carvings. It has more to do with the animal object having magical powers. To the Zuni their carvings are not simply representations of an animal, they are imbued with the spirit of the animal, the actual personification of the physical energy that animal contains.
Zuni Fetish Carvings
Zuni Fetish Gallery | Hand Made Authentic Zuni Fetish Carvings
Please enjoy surfing through our Native American Fetish Guide which is filled with information on many different fetish carvings, such as Zuni Fetishes , Navajo Fetishes, Hopi Fetishes, and more. You can learn about the meaning of different animal fetishes and other fetish figures such as Corn Maidens! Fetishes, charms, amulets, or simply good luck pieces, call them whatever you would like, but virtually every culture has them. Fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by many different Native American Tribes. These carvings serve a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American Art they are sold with non-religious intentions to collectors worldwide.
Owl Zuni Fetish by Christine Banteah 2010
This ancient art form is rooted in complex Zuni religious beliefs. Zuni Fetishes are hand carved "animal totems" from the Zuni tribe in New Mexico. Fetishes were shaped from organic material to serve as abodes for spirits, and would impart their powers to those who carried them. Each Zuni Fetish Animal has a different meaning and is used for different purposes.
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