Birds & Bears Fetish Necklace

By Rosita Kaamasee

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A rich line of Zuni artists descend from George Cheechee Haloo (d). He was an important innovator who started carving in the 1930's and was known for his fetish necklaces. Today, Rosita Kaamasee carries on in the traditional art through her collectible fetish necklaces, honoring her family's legacy. She recently furnished us with this amazing single strand fetish necklace consisting of many wonderfully carved birds and Bears, strung with lovely olive snail shell heishe beads. They are carefully carved from materials like malachite, spiny oyster shell, gold lip shell, fluorite, pink coral, turquoise, amber, marble, red coral, denim lapis, serpentine, lapis lazuli and mother-of-pearl. Each fetish has drilled eyes filled in with jet paste. The animal's average from about 3/4" to 1 1/8" long. The overall length of this colorfully collectible fetish necklace is about 30". Please click here to learn about identifying fake fetish necklaces.

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