This is an absolutely incredible vintage totem. This piece was carved by an unknown artist but is very much the style of an artist called Lee Benodie. It was common for fetishes to be unsigned when they are antique or vintage. This horse has a gorgeous carved mane and tail and has so much life in his eyes. This horse is of a beautiful deep red pipestone. This gorgeous horse is of Zuni make and is a very large totem compared to most. The horse has so much personality and is a nice large totem that still feels solid in the hand. A wonderful gift for anyone looking for spiritual guidance. It is very rare to see a totem of this size and weight.
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.
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 history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from problems of mind or body. Some believe that their powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly related 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 covered fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated.
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