Size: Earrings are 1-1/2" long with a 1/2" bear with beautiful turquoise eyes
Artisan: Herbert Halate
Materials: Jet and Turquoise eyes with Turquoise beads and sterling silver hooks and post
Hallmark: Purchased directly from the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Herbert Halate has been carving fetishes for more than 20 years. His style is abstract, with large, smooth carvings of heavy, stylized bears and animals. Herb is most famous for his jet carvings. Zuni fetishes are carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. Traditionally, fetishes served a ceremonial purpose for their creators and they represented animals and figures that were part of their culture. Today, as a form of Native American Art, they are sold to collectors worldwide. With myriad of materials like turquoise, shell, jet, marble, serpentine and much more, Zuni fetish carvers are able to create carvings in a style of their own.