Picasso Marble Bobcat Fetish Carving by Lance Cheama 4D02F

$ 170.00

1 in stock

Zuni fetishes are small carvings made by the Zuni people, usually depicting animals, often imbued with spiritual significance. They serve as guardians, healers, and guides, reflecting the deep connection between the Zuni people and the natural world, embodying both the physical and spiritual essence of the depicted animal.

Lance Cheama is a respected Zuni fetish carver, known for his exceptional talent and dedication to preserving Zuni traditions. Hailing from the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, Cheama was introduced to the art of carving at an early age, learning from family members and local artisans.

Drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of his community, Cheama developed a deep connection to Zuni mythology and spirituality, which he incorporates into his carvings. His work is characterized by its intricate detail and spiritual significance, often depicting animals such as bears, wolves, and eagles, revered in Zuni culture.

Cheama's fetishes, crafted from materials like turquoise, serpentine, and jet, are highly sought after by collectors for their beauty and cultural authenticity. Through his art, Cheama continues to honor the traditions of his ancestors and inspire appreciation for Zuni culture worldwide.

Note: The white around the right leg is natural stone color.

Measurements: 7/8 x 1-1/4 x 2 inch

Signed: not legible

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