Serpentine - Zuni Fetish Carving Material


Serpentine is a beautiful group of about 20 related minerals, usually green, yellowish-green, or brownish-green in color. Its name is thought to be derived from its serpent-like green colors. Serpentine is sometimes also referred to as "Fish Rock". The material is usually translucent to opaque. It is a very common mineral, mined all over the world. Like many minerals used in Zuni carvings it is mined near the Zuni Reservation. In the Four Corners Area it is mined in Gila Co., Arizona, about 2 hours south of the Zuni Reservation.

Serpentine - Zuni Fetish Serpentine - Zuni Fetish

You will find the material has a greasy or waxy feel. It is a common mineral, however a google search for Zuni fetishes made with this unique mineral show that there are not many available. If you collect fetishes based on carving materials, this would be a unique one to add to your collection! As you can see in the picture, many fetishes are inlaid with turquoise heart lines and eyes.

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