Featured Any info on this owl fetish would be greatly appreciated. Ty!

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  1. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

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    Each owl is individually carved with slight variances. The necklace is approximately 29”. This is string on a cord or string. Not sure what type of bone the owls are I could not find another like it. The only other that I see says Zuni or Navajo, possibly from the 90’s and bone. There are two silver pearls on the top by the clasp. It’s genuine heishi shell. What do you think on age? TYIA
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    nice find........unusual !!!
    I like it for native made...... circa 1960's give or take....

    the dating is due to the hardware and really small heist...

    I may be off by a decade......;):wacky::wacky:
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  3. Dessert58

    Dessert58 Well-Known Member

    Thats so cute! I would wear it day and night.
    The owl has long been a symbol of wisdom here in Europe (company of Greec Godess Athena). Also a symbol of night and death in Egypt.
    No other info on it though, sorry
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  4. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    Wow! Ok, I didn’t think it was that old. Maybe that’s why I can’t find another. The heishi are super teeny
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  5. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    I would seriously doubt that this is Navajo, since traditional Navajo belief is that the owl is a symbol of death, and is to be avoided.

    The idea of putting a necklace of owls around one's neck would be unthinkable, and most likely a Navajo jewelry maker would avoid any association with owls (unless he/she was involved with witchcraft.)

    The Zuni, on the other hand, view owls differently, and see them as protectors of the home, clairvoyant, and a symbol of wisdom and truth. The Zuni are known for their pottery owls, as well as owl fetishes, but I can't tell if this was, in fact, Zuni-made. Only that it most likely isn't Navajo!
  6. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    @gauntlettgems, your 4th & 6th images down....if you're trying to show marks, can you back away and try for clearer images.....they're too blurry to see! Thanks!!!
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  7. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    @Taupou Thank you for the information. I didn’t know any of that about the owl being a symbol of death. Very interesting. I did just find a similar, but nowhere near exact, necklace that is Zuni. I probably will never figure out affiliation but it’s not a big deal to me. For some reason I thought the silver pearls were associated with Navajo

    There are no markings on the ends @Aquitaine Judt a few normal little etches or whatever you call those. I can still add more pics though if need be
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  8. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    I don’t think these are maker’s marks or anything of that nature.
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