TWO CARVED BONE FETISHES – RARE

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I believe you can call these rare since they are each a “one-of-a-kind.” The photographs are macros, shot outside in bright sunlight. Both are carved from deer antler. The larger of the two fetishes represents a wolf; the smaller, a badger.

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The wolf stands not quite two inches tall including the base. The badger is approximately an inch. I have never lost my wonder at the amount of detail in these diminutive pieces. Both carvings are by Native American craftsmen.

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I do not have the paperwork they came with. If I could, I would credit the carvers by name. If anyone recognizes the workmanship, please let me know. I believe both of the carvers were Navajo. But I could be remembering wrongly. I bought these more than a decade ago. A lot of life has flowed past since.

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

14 thoughts on “TWO CARVED BONE FETISHES – RARE”

    1. Deer antler, as far as I know. I have others made from stone including marble, turquoise, and alabaster. Stone is more difficult to work on and more expensive. But really beautiful. I have a nice little collection.

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      1. I’ve been losing the ends of words too. It must be contagious. I get through the first letter or two and then, phoosh … nothing at the end. Brain death? Or sticky keyboard? Or those too-long fingernails again.

        I have a whole cabinet full of these wonderful little carvings. They are very tiny, so a bit challenging to photograph, especially without lights.

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  1. They do look authentic, Marilyn. That was my first impression – they were the work of a native American. They are a fine works of art.
    Leslie

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