Origin: Teddy Weahkee, Zuni
Date: First half of the 20th C.
Media: Antler, turquoise, shell, hide, feathers (legal, not migratory), and sinew
Dimensions: 3.75″ long, 1.25″ tall
Description: This antler fetish is of a coyote and has an arrowhead on its back. Hide is tied around the center of its body holding beads of turquoise, coral and shell. Two large ears are hidden by the feathers, and mouth shapes the front tip. The tail at the back is pointed and long. There is much charm in this devious guy!
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.