This striking ram was hand carved from onyx by Zuni Pueblo artist Mike Mahooty. Natural marbling and touches of turquoise give this carving a realistic quality that enhances the artist skills and showcases his experience in the art of fetish carving.
Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons. Many tribes and Pueblos of the Southwest are known for making fetishes, but this ancient art form is most closely associated with the Zuni, who are considered the most skilled fetish carvers. Early Zuni fetishes were called "Ahlashiwe" or stone ancients. Traditionally, they depict wolves, bears, mountain lions, eagles, frogs, rabbits, fish, corn maiden, and other animals. The Zuni people believe that the skills and qualities of the animal reside in these fetishes and can bring some of the animals’ power to their keeper.
Ram measures 3-1/4" long, 3/4" wide and 1-3/4" tall and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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