This traditional old style Elk Antler River Otter is a fine example of a Natural Zuni fetish.
A simplistic River Otter Carving created with a found piece of Elk Antler. Covered with natural scratches and bite marks suggest this antler broke off and was exposed to smaller creatures and Natures elements. Minimal inlay have been added: Black Pen Shell and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise eyes and Mother of Pearl teeth. This Elk Antler carving is polished as it was found and bound with a Black Mother of Pearl Arrowhead and Freshwater Pearl Offering Bundle.
Natural fetishes are created by Mother Nature and are highly sought after. It is believed that animal fetishes found in Nature are said to be the most powerful and hold the animal spirit of that which it resembles.
Artist: Ray Tsalate
About 2"high by 1 1/4"wide by 6 1/2"long