Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure
Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure
Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure
Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure
Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure

Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure

1800 to 1900 New Mexico

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An Impressive Rare Anthropomorphic Native American New Mexico Zuni Pueblo Sacred Stone Fetish Figure
Extensive traces of original polychrome
Late 19th – Early 20th Centaury

SIZE: 31cm high – 12¼ ins high
PROVENANCE: Ex European Private collection
CF: Brooklyn Museum, New York 04.297.5053, A Zuni Stone Fetish of a Bear collected by Stewart Culin, 1904
Regarded by the Zuni as powerful and sacred, stone fetish images were kept by Pueblo families as personal spirit helpers. They were made as representations of the Zuni gods and were consulted for guidance in all-important matters.
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)
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Stone, Polychrome
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