Picasso Marble Handcarved Turtle Fetish by Herbert Him 4D02L

$ 575.00

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.

Herbert Him is a highly respected Zuni fetish carver, known for his exquisite craftsmanship and deep reverence for Zuni culture and spirituality. Born and raised in the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, Him was immersed in the rich artistic traditions of his community from a young age. He learned the art of fetish carving from family members and master carvers, honing his skills over the years.

Him's work is characterized by its intricacy and attention to detail. He specializes in carving fetishes from various stones, including turquoise, marble, and serpentine, each meticulously crafted to capture the essence of the animal spirit it represents. His carvings often depict animals significant in Zuni mythology and religion, such as bears, wolves, and mountain lions, imbued with symbolic meaning and spiritual power.

Throughout his career, Him has gained recognition for his exceptional talent and dedication to preserving Zuni traditions. His fetishes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, earning him acclaim from collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Beyond his artistic pursuits, Him is committed to passing on his knowledge and skills to younger generations, ensuring that the art of Zuni fetish carving continues to thrive for years to come.

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

Signed: Herb Him

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