Zuni fetish. Unique piece.
Snake hand-carved in pipestone with its eyes in Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona).
The artist took care to entirely chisel this fetish, creating the details of the scales.
The snake is a very important symbol in Zuni's culture. Associated with lightning, it symbolizes life, death and rebirth and is believed to have curative powers.
Dimensions (H x L x w) : 1,4cm x 12,6cm x 1,4cm
(0 inch 1/2 x 5 inches x 0 inch 5/8)
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters couldn't do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.
Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in the USA.
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