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Fox Pair - Picasso Marble by Ed Lementino (Zuni)

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Price: $60.00
Item Number: Z001188

Ed Lementino’s skill as a Zuni fetish carver is well-known. In this fox pair carved from Picasso Marble and bound together with a bundle of turquoise, red coral, and shell, the artist exemplifies the connection of the animals. Yet a sense of duality is manifested in the contrasts of color, opposing bands of color, and ultimately the posture of each. With their inlaid turquoise eyes and bushy tails, separately each fetish stands on its own, but together they embody unity.

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: 0.75”, Width: 1”, Length: 2 5/8”