Zuni Fetish Otter and baby
A Zuni, Fetish otter by Zuni artist.
Fetishes are small hand carvings, most often of animals, made by the Zuni people in various materials, such as Mother-of-Pearl, Jet, Turquoise, Pipestone, Marble, Jasper, Travertine and Bone. In Native American traditions, fetishes are considered Sacred because they are imbued with the powers of the animal they represent; animals often depicted include bears, wolves, beavers, dragonflies, horses, badger, frog, deer, eagle and many others.
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