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Bison - Onyx, by Lynn Quam (Zuni)

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Price: $115.00
Item Number: Z01240

The clean, graceful form of Lynn Quam's buffalos transmit both the strength of the animal and the beauty of the material from which it is made. This one is carved from onyx with turquoise horns and eyes. Bison have lived in North America as long as humans and they once numbered in the tens of millions. Because of their strength, their majesty, and their importance to Native life, the bison has always held an important place in tradition, where they represent the sustenance of life, honor and healing. Lynn Quam and his wife, Navajo carver Jayne Quam, are both well respected carvers. Lynn is the grandson of Johnny Quam, an important carver from the early 20th century.

Fetish carvings are made in numerous styles and materials and are representative of a vast array of animals and figures since artists and carvers have become more creative and varied. Carving fetishes has developed into one of the most collectible art forms of the Zuni Tribe today. Fetishes are still made and used in homes, for special purposes and religious ceremony. They originally came from the belief that when a stone resembled a certain animal, the power of that animal resided in the stone. Sometimes after finding such a stone, carving a bit of the stone to bring out more of the animal resemblance was done. 

Height: 2.25", Length: 3.5", Width: 1.25"


 

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