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Fetish Pot

Fetish Pot

Artist: Edna Leki (1924 Zuni, New Mexico - 2003 Zuni, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1979
Medium: ceramic, turquoise, serpentine, pipestone, deer antlers, feathers, rawhide, and cornmeal
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 3/8 x 11 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (21.3 x 29.9 x 30.2 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant
Object number: PC1979.87.1.A
DescriptionFetishes attached to the turquoise-encrusted jar with rawhide. Ceramic, turquoise, serpentine, pipestone, deer antlers, feathers, rawhide, cornmeal.
These are sometimes called ceremonial feeding jars, but are not ceremonial.
On view
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Edna Leki

Zuni

1924 Zuni, New Mexico – 2003 Zuni, New Mexico
Fetish Pot

1979

ceramic, turquoise, serpentine, pipestone, deer antlers, feathers, rawhide, cornmeal
museum purchase, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant

PC1979.87.1.A-E

 

Zuni Pueblo artist Edna Leki produced art that is both traditional and deeply personal. She is believed to be the first modern female fetish carver among her people. Fetishes are representative ritual objects that are a traditional aspect of the rich Zuni religious cosmology. Leki’s Fetish Pot was not made as an explicitly ceremonial object, but rather as art. Nevertheless, there is a sense of the complex cultural heritage from which the work emerges, as well as the deeply personal inspiration that shaped its completely contemporary expression.

Vasija fetiche

1979

cerámica, turquesa, serpentina, catlinita, cuernos de ciervo, plumas , cuero sin curtir, harina de maíz

adquisición del museo, compra con dotación del Fondo Nacional para las Artes

PC1979.87.1.A-E

 

La artista zuni pueblo, Edna Leki, creó arte que al mismo tiempo es tradicional y personal. Se dice que ella fue la primera mujer talladora de fetiches de su pueblo. Los fetiches son objetos rituales representativos que constituyen un aspecto tradicional de la abundante cosmología religiosa zuni. La Vasija fetiche de Leki no se realizó para utilizarse como objeto expresamente para rituales, sino como pieza de arte. Sin embargo, podemos percibir la compleja herencia cultural de la que emerge, así como la profunda inspiración personal que dio forma esta expresión enteramente contemporánea.