Handcrafted by expert Zuni carver Herbert Him, this lizard fetish is a vivid and symbolic piece of art. Carved from brilliant green serpentine, the fetish showcases the fine detail, dimension and artistry of Him’s carvings. Zuni lizard fetishes are a symbol of patience, wisdom, conversation and agility, making this piece an inspiring and meaningful addition to your Native American art collection.
- Fetish handcrafted by Herbert Him (Zuni)
- Turquoise accents
- Fetish measures 3-1/4” x 1-5/8” x 1-1/2”
- Traditional Zuni fetish
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Herbert Him is an accomplished Zuni carver who has been making fetishes for over 25 years. One of few Zuni carvers with formal training and education in the fine arts, Him studied with renowned Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser. He carves bears, turtles, frogs, lizards and other animals with extraordinary precision and attention to detail.
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. Lizards are one animal often depicted in Zuni carved fetishes and are said to represent patience, wisdom, conversation and agility.
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.Read our Native American Carvings Collector's Guide.
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