Featured Zuni fetish? stone bear Artist mark help

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by 916Bulldogs123, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I don't think he is very old but i kind of like him. he is 2 3/4" long.
    has shell, feathers and stones I believe as an offering? i am sure someone will tell me more about him here.
    There is an artist mark on the bottom i am also hoping to get an ID for. thanks all.


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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It looks like it could be the signature of Zuni carver Alex Tsethlikai, AT.

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    The decorations are called offerings, but traditional Zuni fetishes don't have them. Nowadays they are often seen as adornment, special attention for the fetish.
    Most Zuni fetishes are made for non-Zuni. That doesn't mean they are not nice, I love them. But they have no ceremonal meaning, although the Zuni are respectful toward the animal spirit they represent.
    Traditional Zuni fetishes are fed with cornmeal in special fetish jars. Cornmeal is sacred, represents life and creation, so that is the proper offering for a traditional fetish. They are fed through a hole in the side of the jar, reminiscent of the sipapu, the gateway from which the ancestors emerged from the underworld into this world.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017
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  3. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Looks like you found him Any Jewelry. I thank you for taking the time to look for me. Can you tell me what the stone is?
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It looks pretty soft, alabaster maybe?
    By the way, the picture I posted is of the mark on your fetish, just the other way around to show the AT.:)
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017
  5. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I know you did, But i searched for others and saw the same mark using that name. thanks again
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