Penguin fetish by Calvert Bowannie, black marble and mother of pearl
Zuni fetish carving of a penguin, handmade by Native American artist Calvert Bowannie. This fetish is 1 3/5" tall, 1 5/8" wide, and 7/8" deep. It is made of black marble, with mother of pearl inlay on the penguin's chest, and inlay turquoise eyes. Signed on the bottom by the artist.
Penguins are not used in Zuni religious ceremonies, but they are one of the animals from around the world that Zuni fetish carvers make, to showcase their creativity, ingenuity, and skill.