This layered five-strand coral on coral bird fetish necklace came to me from the estate of a woman who in the 1980s and 1990s owned a small shop in the Midwest of Native American jewelry. The necklace consists of 127 carved birds, the types of which vary from long and slender to short and small. The necklace has cascading strands, achieved by making each strand slightly shorter than the one next to it, so that when worn the necklace lays in elegant layers. The shortest strand has 20 fetishes, the next one 22, the next 24, the next 29, and the last 32. This is an heirloom piece, not only because it is carved from Mediterranean coral but also considering the skill and time that went into carving each bird, as well as in making the coral heishi beads strung between the birds. Everything about this necklace is masterful and unusual. The piece is not signed yet the style of the carvings points to this being made by Lavinia Tsikewa. One of her hallmark styles was work in multi-strand coral fetish necklaces; in fact, one of hers is featured in Oscar Branson's book Fetishes and Carvings from the Southwest. The similarity is striking.
The necklace has five strands graduated in length, the shortest is 25" long from clasp to clasp, with the longest closer to 32" long taking a tape measure along the entire length. When worn, the layers have a hang length of about 9" for the shortest and 14" for the longest, accounting for the curve of the neck. The bird carvings are not graduated in size although they do vary in size, being between about 1/2" to 1" wide. I looked closely at all the fetishes--some of the birds are quite small and at first glance may seem to have a tip broken--but they are in fact just small with tail and beak intact. That said, even though I did not notice any missing tips, there may be one or two missing, although if so they blend in versus standing out. Total weight is 91g.
For the person looking for one-of-a-kind Zuni fetishes and jewelry.
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