Penguin fetish by Ruben Najera, shed antler
Zuni fetish carving of a penguin by Ruben Najera, made of shed antler. It is 1 3/4" tall, 7/8" wide, and 3/4" deep. The artist's signature is on the bottom.
A very unique fetish for the Zuni's to carve. Now with modern day zoo's and television they are very creative with their choices in carving new things.
Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sea life which they catch while swimming underwater. They spend roughly half of their lives on land and the other half in the sea.