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Leekya Deyuse Fetish Necklace Zuni

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Fetish Necklace by Zuni Artist, Leekya Deyuse

Product Description

Exceptional Fetish Necklace by legendary Zuni Pueblo artist Leekya Deyuse.  This wonderful treasure incudes 25 birds, 10 bears and 4 turquoise leaves.  It is finished with a wonderful large bird at the bottom.  Purchased at the Rainbow Forest Lodge near the Petrified Forest likely in the 1940’s or 50’s.

Leekya Deyuse, one the most well known and  finest fetish carvers in the history of Zuni was born in 1889.  Leekya created beautiful fetish necklaces, carved animals (table fetishes) of assorted stones, turquoise figurines and fetishes set in jewelry.  Leekya worked for C.G. Wallace, a well know and influential trader at Zuni for 50 years. He had 3 children, Frances, Alice and Sarah. Some of his grandchildren and great grandchildren carving today are Delvin, Freddie, and Hayes Leekya, Juana Homer, Patrick Homer and Bernard Homer, Jr.  Old Man Leekya died in 1966.

Additional information

Artist

Leekya Deyuse

Stone/Jewels

Abalone Shell, Natural Turquoise, White Shell

Dimensions

Measures about 26" long plus the 1-3/4" by 2-1/2" bird

Tribe

Zuni Pueblo

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