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This is an unusual rock in that it is not commonly seen as a carved stone in Zuni. Generally when this occurs one can
surmise that the stone is one that has been "found" in the area. The carvers are amateur geologists as well as artisans and are also explorers,
hikers and hunters! And like myself they love to find new rocks or deposits of stones in their immediate environment.
Tufa is essentially common limestone which forms in close proximity to bodies of water with a high content of
dissolved minerals, especially calcium carbonate, from ambient temperature water bodies. Geothermally heated hot-springs sometimes
produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine,
however travertine is usually denser and heavier than this rock. Tufa, incidentally, is not the same thing as tuff, a form of rock formed from mostly windblown
sedimentary volcanic ash. Both stones are found around volcanic areas. Both tufa and tuff are relatively lightweight stones thus the
supposition of these two specimens as the found stone in question. This fetish weighs in at 7.7 ounces, but for the size it should weigh in the pounds.
It is unusual also in that it is very large, perfect to sit on a coffee table or bookcase, mantle or nook.
The eyes are inlaid of Sleeping Beauty turquoise however the sculpture is unsigned which is untypical for the artist. This is a great table
fetish for under a $100. What a bargain!
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.
Zuni Carver: Ed Lementino
Material: Found Stone (Volcanic Tufa)
Dimensions: 4 5/8"L x 3 7/8"T x 7/8"W
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
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