Seven Strand Zuni Fetish Necklace by George Cheechee


American Indian Artist

Impressive Zuni fetish necklace with seven strands of handmade brown shell heishi tube beads with delicately carved birds and bears, called a "fetish" or spirit animal to the Southwest American Indian peoples from the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico.

This necklace might represents several carvers but is primarily the work of one of the most famous Zuni carvers, George Cheechee. He was known for making elegant birds, each with its own character, with a tilt the head to one side or the other being the most identifiable trait. Rare flat birds run up the center of the composition made of mother of pearl and bears are also included, carved in two styles.

Ruby lent this amazing necklace to her friend Gretchen Jones for New York Fashion Week in February of 2012. Gretchen was showing her Fall 2012 collection and this necklace was shown with one of Gretchen's Southwestern-inspired looks.


Necklace: 35” L x 7.2" W x " H longest tier including 7.25" L extender
27" L as measured from shortest tier including 7.25" L extender
Birds: 1.1" L x .2" W x .15" H


Vintage; 1950-1970s

brown shell/turquoise/serpentine/onyx/mother-of-pearl/pipestone/agate


Very Good; some minor breaks


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