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Andres Quandelacy, Zuni Fetish Artist - Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico Native American Zuni Fetishes
Andres Quandelacy's work is instantly recognizable to those familiar with it. He is particularly noted for profiled mountain lions with the tail curled on the back, wolves, and bears all with heart lines.
This piece utilized a stone variously known as Appaloosa, Wild Horse, and Crazy Horse due it's mottled brown and white appearance. I don't know the geological name(s) for the stone. I suspect a number of different rocks masquerade under these monikers for use in Native American and "southwestern" handicrafts. I've seen it listed some places as "Magnesite" but, based upon my readings, I don't think so. By whatever it may be called, it makes for an appealing carving.
Andres is a sibling of noted carvers Stewart, Faye, and Sandra Quandelacy among many others. According to Kent McManis' book; Zuni Fetishes and Carvings, all members of Andres generation (11 all tolled) are carvers.
This is a very nice piece of "Appaloosa", the right side looks almost like clouds floating on the bear. Andres has added both Turquoise eyes and heart line.
Remember to check the dimensions - the photos are extreme close-ups.
Unsigned - this is normal for Andres.
Herbert Him. Zuni Fetish Carver Special piece with bears front, back, and on top by noted carver Herbert Him from one piece of turquoise. Remember to check the dimensions - the photos...
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Ed Lementino. Zuni Fetish Carver Ed has come to specialize in carving and bundling multiple figures together. This is a mother and baby. This was made in 2011 but was...
Abby Quam, Zuni Remember to check the dimensions - the photos are extreme close-ups. Combine purchases to reach $100 for free shipping Length: 1-13/16" Width: 5/8" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1oz/31gr/0.07lbs Signed: AQ 051020
Ephraim Chavez, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, USA Nice curvature to this piece and features the turquoise dot accents found in some of Ephraim's pieces. It shows the influence of Herbert...