Navajo Silver Box with Leekya Deyuse Bear Fetish Carving

Artist: Leekya Deyuse, Zuni (1889-1966)
Dimensions: 4”L x 3″W x 4 1/2”H
Tribe: Navajo/ Zuni
Stone: Agate
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 52 & 53)

Elegant Vessels Book

Leekya Deyuse is considered the first Zuni stone carver to break with tradition and carve for an exclusively commercial market. He produced literally thousands of carvings over the course of his lifetime. His nearly limitless repertoire included animal, plant, and human forms carved in local stones, shell, coral and turquoise. Here, a bear has taken up residence on a Navajo-made silver box.

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