Hayes Leekya Zuni Carved Jet Horse Fetish Necklace
Incredible Hayes Leekya Zuni fetish necklace, 17 horses carved from natural black jet and inlayed with turquoise hoofs and eyes. Strung between pieces of coral beads and turquoise nuggets. and Sterling clasp. Total length 36". Each uniquely carved horse measures approximately 1 1/4" x 3/4" signed on metal tag; H. Leekya.
Leekya family has a long tradition of making fetishes. Leekya Deyuse, Hays grandfather, started making them in the early 20th century and the skill and knowledge has been passed down to the following generations. A truly remarkable piece.
A fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such as turquoise, jet and coral.
About the Spirit of the Horse:
The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast, and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horses are symbols that can express our magical side. Horses are also known as symbols of freedom and independence.