In the Zuni culture, fetish carvings represent the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. Traditional shaped carved fetishes are similar to the first ones which were likely found stones that had the rudimentary shape of an animal. Jeff’s carvings skillfully feature the souls and strength of the animals he carves while holding fast to the Zuni traditions of respect and honor.
This is a beautiful Picasso marble with jet eyes and an offering bundle attached on his back. The arrowhead bundle is mother of pearl with inlaid turquoise, spiny oyster, and jet. It is attached with sinew. The head ears of the wolf are laid back and his head is turned and tilted up indicating he has something to say as he howls for all to hear.
The Wolf is respected for its hunting skills and almost human intelligence. The wolf represents loyalty to family and tribe and is viewed as both a teacher and a pathfinder. The wolf’s ability to communicate over long distances make it an appropriate symbol of life’s never-ending journey. The wolf is also part of the directional set and is the guardian of the East. Yuna:wikko’o is Zuni for wolf.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.
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