Three Strand Zuni Fetish Necklace by Tony Lowolle

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Tony Lowolle, Zuni Lapidary Artist
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: mixed mineral sources, silver
  • Size: 22-½” end-to-end
  • Item # C4845S
  • Price: $2500

This three-strand fetish necklace was made by Zuni lapidary artist Tony Lowell. There are 22 fetishes on the longer strand, 20 on the middle strand, and 18 on the shorter strand. There are a variety of animals and a multitude of materials. The turtles are strung on a beautiful array of heishi. The strands are tied together and capped with silver cones and provided with a silver hook and clasp. The necklace dates to pre-1975.

I have not found a lot of information on Lowell, however, the sales ticket dated 12/15/1975 from the Museum of New Mexico Museum Shop provides the name of the artist, so we accept their attribution.

Tony Lowell, a celebrated Zuni Pueblo artist, has gained widespread acclaim for his exceptional lapidary skills and exquisite stone fetish carvings. His creations serve as a profound reflection of the rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions of the Zuni people. Through intricate channel inlays, needlepoint designs, and mosaic patterns, Tony Lowell captures the essence of spirituality and the profound connection between the Zuni community and the natural world. His work stands as a testament to the enduring craftsmanship and unwavering dedication of Zuni lapidary artists, bridging tradition and contemporary expression.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Three Strand Zuni Fetish Necklace by Tony Lowolle is from the collection of a client from Colorado

Recommended Reading: Zuni Fetishes by Frank Hamilton Cushing

TAGS: Zuni PuebloSouthwest Indian JewelryTony Lowolle

A simple hook and loop system secures this necklace.

Close-up view of the fetishes on this necklace.

Tony Lowolle, Zuni Lapidary Artist
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: mixed mineral sources, silver
  • Size: 22-½” end-to-end
  • Item # C4845S
  • Price: $2500

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