Origin: Leekya Deuse, Zuni
Date: First half of the 20th C.
Media: Stone, likely travertine
Dimensions: 2.75″ long, 1.5″ wide
Description: This fetish is as sweet as they come! His squat, flattened body gives him much character, not to mention the adorable face.
These figures were made for tourist trade, and are some of the earlier items made during that period that bridged the authentic objects used for tribal rituals and then those sold to tourists. While this is a tourist object, it is an early example of that transition period.
Provenance: This single fetish was acquired along with 14 others, all from the Tres Compadres Ranch of the McMahon family of Houston, TX. Patricia Bennett McMahon (1929-2017) and her sister had one of the early art galleries in Santa Fe, NM.