Dinah and Peter Gasper Zuni Fetish Necklaces
Dinah and peter Gasper have won more award for their Zuni Fetishes and Zuni Fetish Necklaces then any other Zuni carver.
These are beautifully carved, miniature works of art bought directly from the Gaspers. They are new and never worn.
Dinah Gasper is the daughter of legendary Zuni carver Teddy Weahkee.
The Melon Shell Heishe necklace that Dinah Gasper used to make these fetish necklaces originally came from the collection of old time trader, John D. Kennedy. It was made circa 1970… Just a beautiful example of Santa Domingo Heishe making. When you run your fingers down the heishe, it feels like a strand of hair, each piece of heishe perfectly matching the piece next to it. Which, in itself, is extremely difficult and few people are able to do this. However in this piece, to make matters even more difficult, the artist graduated the heishe starting with fine heishe at the ends and slowly getting larger at the center of the necklace… A work of art in itself. It was from this starting point that Dinah added her prize winning frog fetishes. Each frog and tadpole has a wonderful personality all its own. The necklace was 5 strands and there are 5 of these Dinah Gaser necklaces. There can never be another.
It should be noted that Dinah and Peter Gasper have won more awards for their Zuni fetish carvings and necklaces then any other Zuni ever. Dinah Gasper is the daughter of Edna Leki, the sister of Lena Boone and the granddaughter of Teddy Weahkee. The Weahkee family of carvers is among the most important fetish carvers in Zuni.
Dinah Gasper Rare Melon Shell Heishe Necklace with 4 stabilized turquoise (natural turquoise of this quality and size would be extremely expensive) frogs and 1 tadpole. These frogs are extremely detailed with a lot of personality, are are inlaid with coral carved by Dinah. Dinah’s frogs have a different personality then those carved by Peter.
The length of the necklace is 28″
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Dinah Gasper Rare Melon Shell Heishe Necklace with 3 fossil Ivory frogs with turquoise inlay eyes and nose. Carved by Dinah, Dinah’s frogs have a different personality then those carved by Peter.
The necklace measures 28″ long
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Dinah Gasper Rare Melon Shell Heishe Necklace with 4 stabilized turquoise fetishes. 3 Frogs and 1 tadpole, all with coral inlay.
Necklace measures 28″
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Dinah Gasper Rare Melon Shell Heishe Necklace with Washington Serpentine fetishes. 1 frog and 2 tadpoles with coral inlay.
Necklace measures 28″
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