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Edna Leki Zuni Fetish Bowls - Circa 1970's - 2000

\Zuni Fetish Bowl

Teddy Weahkee is a key figure in the evolution of Zuni arts and crafts. His Zuni fetish carvings were very tradtional. His family, to this day, still carve their fetish animals (to a great extent) that way. Teddy Weahkee was also the first Zuni silversmith to use mosaic inlay. Mosaic inlay is stone against stone without the use of a channel to hold the inlay in place.

Edna Leki was the daughter of Teddy Weahkee and the mother of Lena Boone and Dinah Gasper. Both Lena and Dinah are noted fetish carvers. Edna Leki learned to carve from Teddy and followed his style almost exactly. This is evident in way the fetishes are carved and adorned with offerings.

While these bowls were made circa 1970's - 1980's, they were made as Fetish Bowl's were in the 1800's.

For example, the bowl (which was made in Acoma) is coated with a pine tar mixture. Edna kept a proprietary mixture of turquoise and azurite that she would stick to the fetish bowl. This is meant to give the fetishes great importance and value. The fetishes themselves are strung with deer sinew and leather to insure the fetish spirits are strong. The fetish eyes are hand drilled and filled with the same dark tar mixture. The fetish bowl has a hole in it through which spirits can enter and leave. All of this is the Teddy Weahkee, ancient Zuni influence.

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Rare Edna Leki Fetish Bowls

Large Edna Leki Fetish Bowl with 8 Zuni Fetish Carvings Attached


Large Edna Leki Fetish Bowl complete with Eight Zuni Fetish Carvings
Circa 2000
There are some rare fetishes mounted on the bowl including a Badger,
a Mole and a Mountain Lion. Scroll down to see detailed pictures of all 8 fetishes.

The fetishes are tied to the bowl with leather and the offerings are
tied to the fetishes with sinew. The fetishes and arrowheads
are all handmade.

This is among the last fetish bowls Edna Leki made.

Side View
Edna Leki Mountain Lion Fetish
The Lion is made from Picasso Marble and is about 3 1/4" long. It has a Gold Mother of Pearl
Arrowhead with a turquoise, coral and heishe offering. In the traditional, Teddy
Weahkee way the fetish is attached to the bowl with Leather and
Deer Sinew is used to tie the offering to the fetish.

Side View
Edna Leki Badger Fetish
California Banded Travertine... about 3 1/4" long with carved
Gold Mother of Pearl Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

Side View
Edna Leki Mole... about 2 3/4" long with a carved
Spiney Oyster Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

Side View
Edna Leki Serpentine White Wolf... about 2 1/2" long with a carved
Mussel Shell Arrowhead... a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

There is a very slight chip on the tail on the side next to the bowl.
The chip is not visible from the front. It was probably there since new.

Side View
Edna Leki Red Fox Sand Stone Fetish... about 3 1/2" long with a carved
Gold Mother of Pearl Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

Side View
Edna Leki Serpentine Wolf... about 3 1/4" long with a carved
Spiney Oyster Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

Side View

Edna Leki Bear Fetish... about 3" long with a carved
Gold Mother of Pearl Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

Side View
Edna Leki Wolf Fetish... about 3" long with a carved
Spiney Oyster Arrowhead, a turquoise, coral and heishe offering.
Wrapped with Leather and Deer Sinew

This large Edna Leki Bowl Attached measures about 7 1/2" in diameter
and 6" tall. It is in Excellent condition except for one slight fault that was noted above and
this has been accounted for in the extremely resonable price

$2450

It is not ususual to pay $400 to $700 for just 1 Edna Leki Table Fetish this large size
(if you can find any)

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Edna Leki / Teddy Weahkee Small Wolf Zuni Fetish Bowl

There are 6 wolves here. Four are mounted on the bowl and Two stand free. The wolves
are made of stone in each color of the 6 Directions... they are made that way to protect the
holder from danger regardless of the direction from which the danger might come.

East - White

West - Blue

North - Yellow

South - Red

Above - Multi Color

Below - Black

The wolf is know for it's near human qualities and intellect. It is the protective
fetish of the East, "Thou art stout of heart and strong of will... thy coat is white and gray
the color of the day and dawn."

The Bowl measures 4" in Diameter and 3 1/4" high

Each Wolf Fetish is about 2 1/2" long

$2550

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