Zuni artist Enrike Leekya hand-carved this striking fetish, a beautiful example of an ancient art form. In Zuni culture, the quail is a powerful fetish symbolizing sacred spirits, ceremonies, and holiness. Hand-carved from Picasso Marble and accented with jet, this fetish represents Zuni culture and the Native American legacy of carving.
- Fetish handcrafted by Enrike Leekya (Zuni)
- Brown Picasso Marble with a black jet accent
- Traditional Zuni Quail fetish
- Fetish measures 3-3/4” x 1-1/4” x 2”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Leekya Deyuse was one of the pioneers of Zuni fetish carving. One of the first to refine the craft and be come highly collected across the world. Now, his great grandson Enrike Leekya carries on the family traditioin of fetish carving. Enrike inlays his pieces and pays close attention to detail always aware of his family linage.
The Quail fetishtot the Zuni means a sacred spirit, ceremonial knowledge and holiness.
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 ceremonies and serve as a powerful connection to nature and the spirit world.Read our Native American Carvings Collector's Guide.
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