Zuni Turquoise Fetish

I-1-99 Zuni turquoise fetish.

The people of Zuni Pueblo speak what is known as a language isolate which means that it has no relationship to any other native language and is simply called Zuni. Their pueblo can be found in west central New Mexico about 30 miles from the town of Gallup. The Zuni are best known for their pottery, jewelry and fetishes and are the only group in the southwest to make fetishes to sell to non-Indians whereas the other pueblos do not want their fetishes to leave their cultural sphere. Such Zuni fetishes began to be made during the late 19th century and continue to be made to this day. Interesting as well as handsomely made, these tiny sculptures have charmed collectors for over a century. This example is quite beautiful having been carved from a fine piece of natural turquoise and most likely represents a bear. It came from the Bill McGee collection. The carver is unknown.

It measures 3 inches long by 1 1/2 inches high. Circa 1960. $575.00