Mountain Lion fetish by Wilfred Cheama
Zuni mountain lion fetish, hand-carved and signed by Zuni artist Wilfred Cheama. It is made of Picasso marble with inlay turquoise eyes. Signed on the bottom. It measures 1 3/4" tall, 3 1/2" wide and 1" deep. The mountain lion pose is a hunting pose, with its crouch down and low to the ground, so the pose demonstrates the carver's skill.
Mountain lions represent resourcefulness, they are power symbols, aiding hunters in big game. They are said to protect travelers.