Bat fetish by Elfina Lowsayatee Hustito, black marble
Zuni bat fetish, hand-carved out of black marble, with inlay turquoise eyes. It is almost 2 1/2" wide, 7/8" tall when standing on its feet, and is very thin and delicate, about 1/4" thick. It can be displayed standing up or lying flat. This fetish was handmade by Zuni artist Elfina Lowsayatee Hustito, and is signed on the bottom of its feet.
To the Zuni, bats represent the guardians of the night, and they are also pollinators. They see in the dark and can see what others can't.