From the estate of a collector: Presented here is a 24 inch long Native American, Zuni, animal fetish necklace with 21 hand-carved and polished "spirit" animals and birds.
This item is an excellent example of the traditional Zuni fetish carving and bead making. The necklace has carved figures made from various semi-precious stones and shells. The necklace is made from micro-shell hand-carved beads and turquoise tube beads. Spaced along the necklace are 21 hand-carved creatures. The intricate carving is very well done and the hand finishing polish is beautiful. At the center of the necklace is a hand-carved "Thunder Bird" fetish in Turquoise. The Thunderbird measures 1 1/4 inch by 3/4 of an inch.
There are two sterling silver cones, stamped with the Native American "rain" symbol, and a sterling silver traditional hook and eye clasp is used to secure the necklace when worn.
This necklace is a vintage piece and in very good, clean, age-appropriate condition. It would make a special addition to a collection of Native American arts.
Vintage Native American, Zuni, animal fetish necklace