This is an absolutely incredible vintage totem. Totems were rarely signed up until the 1990s due to there only being a dozen or so carvers. Now there are many families carving but sometimes a gem is found like this horse. This white horse is masterfully carved and more delicate in the hand than some of our totems. The horse has life and motion and warmth. The skillful carving continues under his jaw and down his back to his tail. This horse is an absolute stunner, a relic of the old days when no one signed fetishes. Every finite detail has been thought of, the inner curve of the ears, the mane with it's wonderful texture you won't be able to stop touching, the tail is beautifully carved. Don't miss out!
Horse totems are great gifts for doctors, work team members and artists.
Horse represents partnerships and strength. He also represents power and expanding one's abilities. Horse has innate healing powers.
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For hundreds of years, other tribes procured fetishes from the Zuni. While it is not customary for a Zuni to carve domestic animals, such as horses, sheep, cattle and goats, for personal use, they do so for Navajo herdsmen to protect their animals. That is why it is possible to purchase a wide variety of Zuni horse carvings today.
Fetishes represent unique and very personal gifts, they are wonderful for the holidays, as congratulations for life changing events and more. All of our totems described as *micro* totems are guaranteed to fit on a quarter. Micro totems are considered harder to carve as there is much less space to capture the expressive nature of the animals they represent.
American Indians have used fetishes throughout recorded history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from various problems of mind or body. Some believe that their mystical powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly proportional to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise encrusted fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated. Zuni Indians believe in the six cardinal guardian fetishes. Each guardian fetish guards one of the six directions: the mountain lion is the guardian of the North, the badger guards the South, the bear defends the west, and the wolf is the guardian of the East. The mole is the guardian of the inner Earth and the eagle is the guardian of the Sky.
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