1443-141 Zuni Ram Fetish by Lorandina Sheche with collaboration from Thelma and Aaron Sheche
Zuni Pueblo Indian Fetish Carving
by Lorandina Sheche
with collaboration from Thelma and Aaron Sheche
Signed on base TAS and L. Sheche Zuni
Ram with turquoise eyes
Carved in Egyptian marble with turquoise inlaid eyes
3 5/8" long 1 5/8" tall at ram horn
Ram fetishes are not traditional among the Zuni Pueblo.
Rams are said to represent strength and resilience.
Thelma Sheche’s father, Theodore Kucate, in the 1880’s made the fetishes that Frank Cushing used in his notes to the Smithsonian. The Sheche fetishes carved today are remarkably similar and as true to Zuni tradition as possible.Aaron and Thelma are represented in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Sadly Aaron Sheche passed away and Thelma is retired. Lorindina Sheche, Thelma’s daughter and her son Aaron Jr, carry on the Kucate carving tradition. Sometimes, Thelma’s grandaughter Marnella Kucate carves these fetishes as well.