Zuni Jewelry and Fetishes

The discovery of prehistoric jewelry at ancestral Zuni villages inspired a revival of mosaic work in the 1920’s.  The updated technique utilized silver backing rather than wood or shell.  Modern mosaic work features an array of stones and shell from around the world.  The artist designs the overall form and then individually cuts each stone to fit tightly with the other stones in the piece.(Continued below)

 


Zuni Antler Deer Fawn and Rabbit Fetish by Max Laate

Zuni Antler Deer & Fawns Fetish - Max Laate (#02)

$225.00


Zuni Antler Deer and Fawns Fetish by Maxx Laate

Zuni Antler Deer & Fawns Fetish - Maxx Laate (#03)

$225.00


Zuni Multistone Inlay Buffalo Pin/Pendant by Emery Ohmsatte

Zuni Multistone Inlay Buffalo Pin/Pendant by Emery Ohmsatte (# 01)

$255.00


Zuni Double Serpentine Turtle Fetish by Ron Laahty

Zuni Double Serpentine Turtle Fetish- Ron Laahty (#04)

$270.00


Zuni Male Rain Dancer Pin/Pendant by Andrea Lonjose Shirley

Zuni Male Rain Dancer Pin/Pendant - Andrea Lonjose Shirley (#02)

$595.00


Zuni Deer Kachina Pin/Pendant by Andrea Lonjose Shirley

Zuni Deer Kachina Pin/Pendant - Andrea Lonjose Shirley (#04)

$595.00


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Zuni Sterling Silver Multi-colored Sky Gemstone Kachina Dancer Pin/Pendant - Andrea Lonjose Shirley (#01)

$595.00


Zuni Needlepoint Mediterranean Coral and Sterling Silver Necklace by Eldrick and Charlotte Seoutewa

Zuni Needlepoint Mediterranean Coral and Sterling Silver Necklace by Eldrick and Charlotte Seoutewa (#01)

$600.00


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Zuni Sterling Silver Inlayed Bolo and Buckle Set - Peter & Phansy Natachu (#01)

$1,750.00


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Zuni 5 Strand Fetish Necklace - George Cheechee (#01)

$2,500.00


Another type of mosaic work, called overlay inlay, features two pieces of silver, one for the backing and the second, with a pattern cut from the silver, soldered on top.  Rather than leaving the silver empty as in Hopi overlay, zuni artists fill the opening with stones laid in to form a mosaic design.

Channel inlay is a variation of mosaic inlay.  The artist creates soldered silver compartments within the backing.  Cut stones fitted within the compartments create repetitive geometric designs or figurative pieces.  The compartments strengthen the integrity of the many stones within a mosaic piece and provide an added design element.

Since ancient times, the Zuni people have used fetish carvings for protection and blessings.  Originally carved from stones found near the pueblo or from traded shells, early fetish jewelry consisted of simple stone and shell necklaces which might contain several animal fetishes or a single animal pendant.  Fetish carvings still figure strongly in a Pueblo artist’s life and livelihood as well as serving as design elements in their jewelry.  The variety of materials and originality of carvings have made Zuni fetish jewelry extremely popular.

--Excerpts from A Guide to Indian Jewelry of the Southwest by Georgiana Kennedy Simpson 


Artists who create Zuni Jewelry and Fetishes:

Vernon & Clarissa Hale
Vernon & Clarissa Hale
Ron Laahty
Ron Laahty
Max Laate
Max Laate
Emery Ohmsatte
Emery Ohmsatte
Eldrick and Charlotte Seoutewa
Eldrick and Charlotte Seoutewa
Andrea Lonjose Shirley
Andrea Lonjose Shirley
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist

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