Origin: Teddy Weahkee, Zuni
Date: First half of the 20th C.
Media: Stone, turquoise, shell
Dimensions: 2.5″ long
Description: This coyote has a long tail and a large, perfect white arrowhead above the mid body. The stone is an amalgam of light blue turquoise swimming in a dark substrate making for strong contrasting colors. The arrowhead is accompanied by a single turquoise bead and a few shell beads. The coyote is small, but he packs a big punch!
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.