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Bear and Wolf 23 Fetish Necklace

Deyuse Family

About The Bear and Wolf 23 Fetish Necklace

This charming fetish necklace, created some time between the late 1950's and 1961 displays a warm and wonderful collaboration of Leekya family members.

Visible in the carved details and finish work done to create these 23 Zuni stone bears and wolves, are the signature feature styles and method marks of Leekya Deyuse, daughters Sarah and Alice and son Francis.

Seldom is something kept so intact that we are able to witness clearly the emergence of new talent around a parent artist and feel the bond that nurtured a great creative family.  You can feel the love in this piece, when you hold it.

Additional photographs show both sides of the fetish necklace.

Savvy Price $4,800.00

Gallery Price $5,200.00

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Description

This charming fetish necklace, created some time between the late 1950's and 1961 displays a warm and wonderful collaboration of Leekya family members.

Visible in the carved details and finish work done to create these 23 Zuni stone bears and wolves, are the signature feature styles and method marks of Leekya Deyuse, daughters Sarah and Alice and son Francis.

Seldom is something kept so intact that we are able to witness clearly the emergence of new talent around a parent artist and feel the bond that nurtured a great creative family.  You can feel the love in this piece, when you hold it.

Additional photographs show both sides of the fetish necklace.

About the Artist

Leekya Deyuse and his children Sarah, Alice and Francis

Leekya Deyuse was the master carver of Zuni fetishes to which all other carvers are routinely compared. Working for C.G. Wallace in the 1920's making tab, nugget and disc bead necklaces, Leekya advanced into carving fetishes and miniature sculptures. By 1926, he was fashioning fetish necklaces.

At times he was known to have collaborated with Teddy Weahkee, Dan Simplicio and Luke Billy Yazzie. Leekya favored working with silver, coral and natural turquoise. He made bears, deer, squirrels, horses, rams, steers, birds, ducks, frogs, turtles, butterflies and leaves--all shaped distinctively.

More than 30 years ago, a three-strand necklace by Leekya sold for $10,000 at auction, the same year a different Leekya necklace sold for $14,000.  More recently a turquoise and coral two strand fetish necklace by Leekya was sold through SavvyCollector.com in excess of $35,000.00.

This artist's work was included in an exhibition held in 2002 "Jewels of the Southwest" held at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

 

Medium Brown and white olive shell heishi and stone fetishes are tonally graded in hue from tans and browns to soft and deeper greens and greys.
Size Total length of necklace is 30". "Squaw wrap" is 6 1/2" in length. Hand-carved bears and wolves range in size from 1 1/2" length X 1/2" tall to 1" length X 7/16" tall.
Date of creation 1950's to 1961
Condition Excellent
Description Brown and white olive shell heishi is strung between the fetishes and up to the traditional wrap that completes and closes the necklace's back.
Provenance JF, an astute collector from Northern Arizona
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