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Bison - Dolomite, by Marnella Kucate (Zuni)

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Price: $110.00
Item Number: HTF2284
Zuni artist Marnella Kucate has carved this old style bison from dolomite, inlaid its eyes with turquoise, and placed a bundle of shell, heishi, turquoise and coral upon its back. 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.

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 1.5", Length 2 7/8", Width 0.75"

 

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