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Claudia Peina

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Claudia Peina ! Zuni fetishes are treasures from the talented artisans of Zuni Pueblo, NM! We appreciate your interest in Zuni fetishes.  Collecting them is a passion we share! Zuni Spirits is celebrating 13 years of online web-gallery representation of Zuni fetish carvings! Claudia Peinais just one of the talented artisans whose work you'll find often at Zuni Spirits! Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Claudia Peina ! Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Claudia Peina !


This piece of lapis has tiny little nuggets of material compressed together to form the stone. One can tell it took an incredible amount of heat and pressure to form this gem of a singing bear. The Hindu Kush area of the Iranian/Afghanistani/Pakistani/Indian/Chinese Himalayas has been fought over for centuries for its prize concentration of lapis since ancient times. The gems of Egyptian pharoahs and Sumerian kings came from this piece of earth which is very very high up and full of earthquakes, landslides and avalanches. Thus its expense as a gemstone, its desireability to acquire for carving and its difficulty to get out of the ground from there to Zuni and then to you!

The eyes are inlaid of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and although it is hard to see the fetish is initialed CLP Z in typical fashion. The simple offering bundle consists of turquoise and red coral beads tied with sinew. Really striking stone!

If you would like to read more about the Bear's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "Bear" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.

    Video: No, but view other videos here.
    Price: $95.
    Zuni Carver: Claudia Peina
    Item: Singing Bear
    Material: Gem Afghan Lapis
    Dimensions: 11/16"L x 1 11/16"T x 1 1/2"W
    Signed: CLP Z
    Shipping costs: $9.25 + depending on your location
    Plus 6.75% state sales tax to Texas residents!

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The Zuni Fetish Story

If you're new to Zuni fetish collecting and interested in learning more about them, we have written a short article about Zuni fetishes and what they mean to the Zuni culture. CLICK HERE to read the article on Zuni fetishes.

Zuni Fetish Meanings

We've written this article to inform Zuni fetish collectors about the specific meanings and attributes of the more traditional Zuni fetish carvings. CLICK HERE to read the article on Zuni fetish meanings.

The Zuni Language

If, as a Zuni fetish collector, you haven't had the opportunity visit Zuni Pueblo but would enjoy hearing some words in the Zuni language, we hope you'll findthis article interesting and informative. CLICK HERE and turn up your volume to enjoy!

The Zuni Spirits Blog

In an effort to keep our collectors informed of new arrivals, posts of interest to Zuni fetish collectors, the latest critters to visit our east Texas woods, rants, raves and rambles will be published HERE at the Zuni Spirits Blog. You may subscribe (& unsubscribe) at this link.

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