Vintage Zuni crafted fetish necklace with multi animal motif in gold-lip shell circa 1970's

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Vintage Zuni crafted fetish necklace with multi animal motif in gold-lip shell circa 1970's

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Vintage Zuni crafted fetish necklace with multi animal motif in gold-lip shell circa 1970's

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Vintage Zuni crafted fetish necklace with multi animal motif in gold-lip shell circa 1970's

Handcrafted in the 1970's from natural gold-lip shell this lovely fetish necklace is indicative of the gentleness of the animal fetish carvings the Zuni are famous for. Highlighting a lovely tan hue this fetish necklace features all the animals in the Zuni pantheon. 

Crafted and worn primarily as a way for traditional Zuni people to pay tribute to the beauty of the natural world the fetish necklaces also "Thanks" the animals for their gifts to humans. Early Native peoples often honored the animal world in order to maintain balance and harmony in the world. With mutual respect, early Native peoples often believed the animal would also give wisdom and knowledge of the world to those who respected the animals.

Finished with sterling silver cones and a traditional hook-and-eye clasp, this lovely old fetish necklace measures approximately 1/2 inch long across the animal and is set to fit a 24 inch neckline.

The Zuni fetish necklace is as true classic southwestern art form