Zuni fetishes are one of the most popular and collectible art forms of Native American artistry. This is a highly creative and expressive art form, uniquely mastered by Zuni carvers. The tradition goes back centuries, became popular in the early 20th century and has had a resurgence since the 1980s that has made this tradition into a high collectible. Carvings range in size from pocket size to table top to small sculptures. Artists represent and honor their culture throughout this medium. They are constantly extending the limits of creativity in stone, antler and shell carving.
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Zuni Fetishes Galleries A1-A7
We use an arbitrary classification of carvings into just five groupings. Additionally there are a few other galleries to look through. One is the use of glass to carve, in the traditional manner but with spectacular imagery, the basic Zuni animals. Only one artist and her family use glass, but the results are appealing and gaining popularity. The other gallery is devoted to the original art work from our 1994 book on fetishes. This resource is one of the few sources for buying carvings from 1980 – 1994 and are highly sought-after (and of course, documented)