Heavy Navajo Fetish Necklace in Sterling Silver
- $ 420.75
- $ 420.75
- $ 495.00
- Unit Price
This beautiful Navajo fetish necklace is imbued with a wonderful vitality. Wee birds, bears, frogs, and turtles are cast in glowing sterling silver and strung, along with sterling tube beads, on durable steel wire. The hook and eye clasp is handmade and has an edgy Brutalist quality. A marvelous necklace that invokes the power and beauty of nature. Circa 1980.
Navajo fetishes depict animals such as the wolf, badger, bear, mountain lion, eagle, mole, frog, deer, ram, and others. In the Navajo cosmology, and those of neighboring tribes, each animal is believed to have inherent powers or qualities that may aid the owner. True fetishes are sacred and do not leave the village. However, Navajo and Zuni artists create "fetishes" that are for sale.
Details.....The necklace is 30" long. The bear fetish measures 10.6mm by 5mm. It weighs 4.8 ounces. In Very Good Vintage Condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.