131227-03 Fine Zuni Fetish Jar by Edna Leki
With four large fetishes on sides, lare bird fetish on top.
Zuni fetish carver Edna Leki (c. 1924 - 2003) was known as the first female fetish carver in Zuni. Edna's father was Teddy Weahkee, who was also her teacher.
Anthropologist Ruth Kirk stated that fetish jars have been used in this century to house the ceremonially used fetishes in Kivas. There were apparently different types of fetish jars but they were all originally pots used for other purposes (water, storage, serving), which were converted to hold fetishes. Ceremonial jars have a feeding hole, which allows cornmeal to be placed in the jar to feed the fetishes. These fetish jars were often covered in small chips of turquoise.