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Picasso Marble Mountain Lion with Bundle Fetish
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Mountain lion fetishes are guardians of the sacred north direction, elder brothers of all animals, and symbols of the mountain lion's gifts of leadership, courage, resourcefulness, and protectiveness. Hand carved in Utah Picasso marble by Zuni artisan Juana Homer—granddaughter of legendary Zuni fetish artisan Leekya Deyuse—this Mountain Lion with Bundle Fetish carries an offering of genuine turquoise and spiny oyster. Hand carved from natural stones, each will be one of a kind.
The Zuni, or A:Shiwi, whose pueblo is in the northwest corner of New Mexico are renowned for their fetishes, primarily of animals. Fetishes are objects to be venerated for their powers to protect, heal and overcome. The traits in these animals are often ones we can summon, or aspire to in ourselves. There are two directional sets of fetishes: the healing directional set and the hunting directional set. Most animal fetishes are the same for both healing and hunting, with a few exceptions. The spirits of these creatures have the power to assist us in different ways. A traveler, for instance, might carry the fetish of a mountain lion-powerful, resourceful, independent-for protection, while hunters would carry the fetish of a mountain lion for success in their pursuits.

Many 19th century Zuni fetishes are curated by our National Museum of Natural History's Anthropology Department.

Exquisite contemporary Zuni fetishes are held in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
1"h. x 2.25"l. x 0.75"w.

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