23 Fetish Necklace Featuring Bears and Wolves

Leekya Deyuse Family

23 Fetish Necklace Featuring Bears and Wolves, Jewelry by  Leekya Deyuse Family
  • Zuni fetish necklace
  • Sarah Leekya
Savvy Price $4,600.00
Gallery Price $5,200.00
23 Fetish Necklace Featuring Bears and Wolves
Leekya Deyuse Family
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.
Troy ounces
4.03 troy ounces
30" is total length of necklace. 6 1/2" is length of "squaw wrap". Hand-carved bears and wolves range in size from 1 1/2" length X 1/2" height to 1" length X 7/16" height.
Date of creation
late 1950's to 1961
Brown and white olive shell heishi is strung between the fetishes and up to the traditional wrap completing and closing the necklace's back.
Gram weight
125.5 grams
About The 23 Fetish Necklace Featuring Bears and Wolves

Created some time beween the late 1950's and 1961, this fetish necklace represents a warm and wonderful collaboration of four Leekya family members.

Visible in the carved details and finish work done to created 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.

A bonus aspect is the tactile appeal this assemblage of tiny stone sculptures evokes.  Your hands and heart will thank you for its acquisition.



About Leekya Deyuse Family

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.



American Indian, Zuni






Leekya Deyuse, Zuni fetish necklace, Sarah Leekya, Alice Leekya