Incorporating a variety of traditional Native American fetishes, Zuni Pueblo artist Verna Kushana handcrafted this single-strand necklace that is rich with symbolism and color. An earth-tone palette of jet, serpentine, marble, pipestone, jasper and shell all come together beautifully with the natural color of the heishi. An inspiring Southwestern art form, this iconic fetish necklace will be a joyful accent to any outfit.
Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons, and Zuni and Pueblo artists have been making them for hundreds of years. In the 1930s, Zuni artists began making smaller versions of their fetishes to accent beaded necklaces. The necklaces were extremely popular and developed into their own form. Today, fetish necklaces are also made by Navajo and Pueblo artists.
Necklace measures 29-1/2" long with carved animals that measure roughly 1-1/4" wide. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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