A dramatic Wolf Fetish by Zuni Artist Michael Mahooty. The Chinese Flourite is a rich, intense Purple of varying shades and complemented by paler, lighter stones in the Prayer Bundle. Small, Turquoise eyes add further vibrancy.
To the Zuni, the wolf is considered a Hunting Fetish. Characteristically he's thought to be loyal with strong family ties.The Medicine Bundle is another popular Zuni motif, that is believed to evoke the spirit of the Fetish and increase the strength of the Fetish.
Michael Mahooty carves many Zuni Fetishes but he reveres the Wolf in particular. He is known for his choice of material- often iridescent, translucent stone- and subsequent appreciation of both the aesthetic and intrinsic value of his pieces.