LRG Vintage Zuni DAVID TSIKEWA Bird Fetish Necklace

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LRG Vintage Zuni DAVID TSIKEWA Bird Fetish Necklace

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Tribe Zuni
Hallmark/Artist David Tsikewa by us and a long time trader who worked for the Fred Harvey Co.
Date 1950's
Size 29-1/2" long from end to end consisting of 39 large hand carved birds of varying sizes with the largest being 1-3/4" long and the smallest 1" which is much more typical of what you see in a necklace
Condition Excellent condition with 1 bird broken in 1/2 and a couple of others with broken beak or tail tips however with majority of the fetish birds are in perfect condition
Materials Shell and stone
Item Weight Approximately 105 grams so it is quite heavy

Product Description

Really wonderful old Zuni hand-carved fetish necklace. You don't really think about the size of the fetishes until you hold two necklaces next to one another. These birds are actually quite large. When we compared it to other fetish necklaces, the birds were much larger and have lots of personality. David Tsikewa is actually one of the great masters who's contribution to the fetish collecting community has been substantial. His pieces are so rare and difficult to find that people have just forgotten that he was considered one of the best Zuni carvers in history along with Leekya Deyuse and others.

As collections enter the market these very rare pieces increase the awareness and remind collectors that these exceptional artists exist. That is what we are seeing with David Tsikewa so take advantage of what is available now because the value is only going to go up. We encourage you to search the internet for comparable pieces. Unfortunately there is not a lot to find by this talented artist. Unmarked but is strongly attributed to David Tsikewa by us and the previous owner who is a long time trader who worked for the Fred Harvey Co. Details upon request

Live Auctioneer 2004- 97 bird necklace - $3250