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Turquoise Ram

Neil Natewa

About The Turquoise Ram

Neil Natewa's expertise as a fetish carver is exemplified in this sturdy ram. He created from a single large nugget of Mineral Park turquoise. This strong animal's clean lines and hand polished surface, though very contemporary in initial appearance, are actually based on traditional ancestor fetish forms and executed in much the same manner. In giving a fetish life to this precious material, Mr. Natewa bridged the world of 1200 AD to the present with his love for his Zuni roots and his wonderful talent.

One other fine example of Neil Natewa's work, in this now rare turquoise, can be found on top of page 34 in Oscar T. Branson's book, Fetishes and Carvings of the Southwest. This buffalo was made about the same time as his ram, circa 1960's.

A single piece of turquoise this size, to use for any purpose now, is very rare, especially so beautiful a water web. This fine Natewa sculpture brings with itself many forms of "special" to his prospective new home. The ram is a symbol of viriliy and flock abandance--wealth.

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Gallery Price $4,200.00

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Neil Natewa's expertise as a fetish carver is exemplified in this sturdy ram. He created from a single large nugget of Mineral Park turquoise. This strong animal's clean lines and hand polished surface, though very contemporary in initial appearance, are actually based on traditional ancestor fetish forms and executed in much the same manner. In giving a fetish life to this precious material, Mr. Natewa bridged the world of 1200 AD to the present with his love for his Zuni roots and his wonderful talent.

One other fine example of Neil Natewa's work, in this now rare turquoise, can be found on top of page 34 in Oscar T. Branson's book, Fetishes and Carvings of the Southwest. This buffalo was made about the same time as his ram, circa 1960's.

A single piece of turquoise this size, to use for any purpose now, is very rare, especially so beautiful a water web. This fine Natewa sculpture brings with itself many forms of "special" to his prospective new home. The ram is a symbol of viriliy and flock abandance--wealth.

About the Artist

(20th century, Zuni) "Natewa started carving in the early 1950's when he worked for trader Oscar Branson in Albuquerque while at school. Natewa continued with Branson later in Tucson in the early 1960's, but stopped producing fetishes by the end of that decade.

Neil was famous for standing fetishes (especially bears and frogs) as well as bird stringing fetishes for necklaces." A Guide to Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis

Medium Natural turquoise
Size 2 1/4" height X 3 3/4" length X 1 1/3" width
Date of creation Circa 1960's
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Mineral Park Water Web Bird's Eye turquoise, 1415 karats
Provenance Consigned by gentleman who inherited his grandmother's art collection CP
Gram weight 283
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