Handcrafted by acclaimed Zuni Pueblo fetish carver Lance Cheama, this piece was created with an amazing degree of detail and precision using Wild Horse stone. Look closely and you'll see within this carving that Lance has represented all six animals known to be the protectors. The mountain lion with their keen eyesight, stealth and agility, serve as the guardians of the north. The bear with its strength guards the west. The determined badger is the guardian of the south. The wolf with its strong sense of family is the guardian of the east. Soaring above us is the eagle, known as the guardian of the skies. The mole with its ability to sense and understand the darkness is the guardian of below.
This fetish is a beautiful representation of an historic art of the Zuni Pueblo. Carving measures 3-3/4" long by 1-7/8" wide and is 7/8" tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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