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Turquoise Horse with Mirco-Inlay by Jeff Shetima

400.00
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Turquoise Horse with Mirco-Inlay by Jeff Shetima

400.00

Zuni fetish by Jeff Shetima: exquisitely carved turquoise prancing horse with mother of pearl, red coral and onyx micro inlay.

Approx: 2 3/8" x 2 7/8" x 3/4".


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Zuni fetish by Jeff Shetima: exquisitely carved turquoise prancing horse with mother of pearl, red coral and onyx micro inlay.

Approx: 2 3/8" x 2 7/8" x 3/4".


Jeff Shetima 

Jeff Shetima, one of Zuni Pueblo's most collected fetish carvers, comes from a family of jewelry makers and silversmiths. He created jewelry and carvings when he was about 11 years old.  Jeff learned jewelry making from his parents and grandparents. He learned carving techniques by observing his neighbors on Zuni Pueblo who were carvers but is primarily self-taught. The material for his first carvings were made from a neighbor’s pile of scrap rocks. 

During the last decade, he has primarily focused on fetish carving, creating one-of-a-kind lifelike stone carvings, paying particular attention to detail on the faces. He also adds gemstone micro inlay designs to my carvings, which has become one of the most distinguishing characteristics of his fetish art.

Jeff describes his carving as a process of seeking harmony. "Every stone that I hold in my hands must be in harmony with me before I start a carving. Only with good thoughts, energy and feelings will I proceed to carve. This helps ensure that the positive energy will be internalized in the finished carving.”

Awards, Collections & Publications:

2012 - SWAIA 91st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market - Honorable Mention, Second Place ribbon

Featured in a magazine, The Spirit of Zuni, 2005

Work published in Native Peoples magazine & Tucson Guild 

 Permanent collection at the Museum of Man in San Diego CA 

 The Natural Historic Museum in Los Angeles CA 

Zuni Corn Maidens

Corn is identified with the feminine.  

Corn Maidens are sometimes called Grandmother of Light or Grandmother of the Sun. The carvings represent the supernatural beings that emerged from the Middle World at the same time the Zuni people did. There are various stories about the Corn Maidens. Corn Maidens are key elements in many of the Zuni celebrations and rituals. There are eight Corn Maidens; the Maiden of the West has a tray of blue corn, the Maiden of the East has white corn, the Maiden of the North carries yellow corn, the Maiden of the South has red corn, one Maiden carries black corn, and one Maiden carries multi-colored corn.

Mature Corn Maidens are depicted without corn kernels and have richer robes. The garments on a Corn Maiden can have various pottery designs associated with the different rain elements. Dragonflies portrayed by a vertical line crossed with two horizontal lines on the robes, are messengers who carry prayers to the spirit world and are associated with water Some Corn Maidens carry offerings of crushed turquoise, some carry trays of corn.