Featured Zuni Fetish

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by stracci, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    I just bought this fetish at a yard sale for $1.00. I would like your thoughts!

    Presumably Zuni, but I cannot identify the maker. There is a mark which I photographed.
    I am in the Southwest US, so these things turn up sometimes, but this is the first time I found such a nice one.
    I cannot find much info about makers online. Also, I have not seen one before with a little chamois pouch on the side. I bet there's something magical in there.
    Also, I would like to know what the material is that straps the gemstones on his back. Catgut? Sinew?
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  2. i need help

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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The bear looks like travertine,quartz,something with copper.The black one may be an Apache tear,shine a light into it.
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  4. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Real sinew is more yellow-brown in color. More likely an artificial poly sinew, chosen to blend in with the white marble.
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I agree, synthetic sinew.
    Could be, but most of these little additions are not traditional, but added for an 'exotic' touch.

    Maybe @Bronwen recognizes the mark.:)
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  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    IIRC these are just made for the tourist trade, and so can't be "authentic" per se. Lots of people like them though, and they can sell for a decent price.
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  7. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    Ok, I used a pen light. It is purplish, so a garnet. Not Apache tear.
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