- Tribe: Zuni
- Condition: New
- Size: 5-1/2" x 1" x 1"
- Artisan: Florentino Martinez
- Materials: Carved Turquoise
- Item Weight: 67 Grams / 2-3/8 Ounces
- Hallmark: "Knifewing", "f.MARTiNEZ", "ZUNi, NM", and "2019"
This fabulous Native American handmade turquoise fetish was hand carved by Zuni Pueblo artist Florentino Martinez evokes the Knifewing. At 5-1/2" tall, this is one of the most fantastic fetishes I have ever seen!! Martinez is known for the incredible detail he carves into stone and is one of the most collectable carvers. This fetish leaves no doubt that Martinez is a true master. Beloved Knife Wing, hero of hundreds of folklore tales, also appears repeatedly in Zuni art. Half man, half eagle, adorned with traditional knife-shaped feathered wings and a characteristically terraced hat, Knife Wing symbolizes warrior protection. Indeed, before some Zuni Pueblos went off to war, they used to tattoo Knife Wing figures on their bodies, to assure wisdom, courage, and strength in battle. This fetish will lend its power to its owner. Turquoise is also held to be sacred and represents the power of the sky. Remember that each time this fetish performs its function it will grow in power. It will never fail a person with good intentions who is true of heart. Providing a comfortable home for and making small offerings of food to your new fetish will also increase their power. A certificate of authenticity is included.