Zuni Fetish Carvings and Zuni Necklaces

Pernell Laate

Pernell Laate

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Pernell Laate – deceased

Both Pernell and his brother, Maxx, learned the basics of carving from their uncle, Willard Laate. However, their carvings soon went far beyond basic. They freely shared their skills and many Zuni carvers learned from Pernell and Maxx

Pernell tended to carve animals while Maxx’s carvings are more exotic.

Pernell had the uncanny ability to set spirits free… to release from ivory or antler a carving so lifelike that you can feel it breathe.

These Pernell Laate Carvings were made during the years 1998 to 2000.

Pernell Laate Zuni Fetish Eagle

Carved out of Antler

2 1/4″ tall


Pernell Laate Zuni Fetish Eagle

Carved out of Fossil Ivory

1 1/8″ tall


Pernell Laate Antler Horse

This is the only carvings like this that I have ever seen Pernell make

3″ tall



Pernell Laate Fossil Ivory Lizard

1 7/8″ tall



Pernell Laate Antler Pronghorn Antelope

3 1/4″ tall



Zuni Fetish Antler Parrots

Carved by Pernell Laate

4 1/8″ tall


(Janine Fenton Collection)

Zuni Fetish Fossil Ivory Inuit Eskimo

Women with a Knife

Carved by Pernell Laate


1 1/4″ tall



Zuni fetish Antler Eagle with fish

Carved by Pernell Laate

2 1/4″ tall x 1 3/4″ wide



Zuni fetish Antler Moose

Carved by Pernell Laate

4 1/4″ tall



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