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Extensive traces of original polychrome
Late 19th – Early 20th Centaury
SIZE: 31cm high – 12¼ ins high
CF: Brooklyn Museum, New York 04.297.5053, A Zuni Stone Fetish of a Bear collected by Stewart Culin, 1904
Stewart Culin (1858-1929), a founder of the American Anthropological Association and collector of many South Western Native American artefacts now in the Brooklyn Museum, NY had a great interest in ritual stone objects. In 1904 he gave a lecture in which he noted the American Indian’s ‘constant and widespread use of stone in various mechanical arts. He displays the nicest discrimination in the selection of stone for different uses and in the quality and temper of material which he thus employs’ (1904b: 18)