Sebastian Santos Galaxy Marble Mountain Lion Zuni Fetish

Item No: 3659

$ 165.00

  • This striking carved fetish from Zuni artist Sebastian Santos is a stunning representation of an ancient art. In Zuni culture, each of the six directions—north, south, east, west, above and below—are guarded by an animal, and the mountain lion is the guardian of the north. Hand-carved from unique galaxy marble and accented with turquoise, this exquisite fetish celebrates Zuni culture and the Native American legacy of carving.

    • Fetish handcrafted by Sebastian Santos (Zuni)
    • Galaxy marble with turquoise accents
    • Fetish measures 1” x 6-1/2” x 3/4”
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Sebastian Santos is a master Zuni fetish carver known for his elegant fetishes. He hand carves animal fetishes from premium quality materials, including marble and gemstones.
  • The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts, to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains and animals. In Zuni culture, each of the six directions—north, south, east, west, above and below—are guarded by an animal, and these animals are often depicted in carved fetishes.
  • Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons. Many tribes and Pueblos of the Southwest are known for making fetishes, but this ancient art form is most closely associated with the Zuni, who are considered the most skilled fetish carvers. Early Zuni fetishes were called Ahlashiwe, or stone ancients. Traditionally, they depict wolves, bears, mountain lions, eagles, frogs, rabbits, fish, corn maiden and other animals. The Zuni people believe that the skills and qualities of the animal reside in these fetishes and can bring some of the animals’ power to their keeper. They are often part of traditional ceremonies and serve as a powerful connection to nature and the spirit world.

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  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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