Fetish necklace with 9 large Spiny Oyster Shell birds, by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist, Roque Garcia. These fetishes are beautifully carved. They are fairly large measuring 2-1/2″ to 3″. The bottom bird is particularly lovely and soulful. This necklace is strung with handmade spiny oyster shell and is finished with silver cones. Likely handmade in the 1970’s or 1980’s.
Roque Garcia was born in 1922 or 1923. He was known for his soulful fetish carvings To be sure, he was an artist who took great care carving his fetishes and heishi.