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EDNA LEKI ZUNI FETISH JAR
 
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Artist: Edna Leki

Circa: Late 1940's

Provenance: Personal Collection
Our Price: $3,250.00

Product Code: EELRB1-
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Zuni fetish carver Edna Leki (c. 1924 - 2003) was known as the first female fetish carver in Zuni. Edna's father was Teddy Weahkee, who was also her teacher.

Anthropologist Ruth Kirk stated that fetish jars have been used in this century to house the ceremonially used fetishes in Kivas. There were apparently different types of fetish jars but they were all originally pots used for other purposes (water, storage, serving), which were converted to hold fetishes. Ceremonial jars have a feeding hole, which allows cornmeal to be placed in the jar to feed the fetishes. These fetish jars were often covered in small chips of turquoise.

This special jar measures 7" diameter with a 4 3//4" top inner rim by 6" tall. The jar has been dated to the late 1940's. It is in excellent condition with all original materials. It appears the 4 fetishes are Bisbee turquoise, which has aged beautifully. The 4 animals featured are 2 bears and 2 frogs, with each animal having a very detailed bundle attached to its back. The animals are just so interesting on this jar, with so much character.



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