Traditional Native American fetishes were used as spiritual talismans of protection and religious symbolism. Present in many Indigenous cultures, modern fetishes often serve artistic and decorative purposes in addition to their spiritual qualities. Denise Wallace, an artisan from Alaska’s Chugach tribe, designed a fetish necklace in 1992 to explore her Inuit heritage. Speaking of her inspiration, she stated, “Some of the carvings are full-body figures, whereas others are simply a stump of a body with no arms. These older fetish pieces might be used as part of a doll or to bring blessings.” Wallace’s sterling silver, ivory, and 14-karat gold necklace will be highlighted in the upcoming Modern Native American Art auction, offered by Bonhams.
The sale will include art and sculpture from across the North American continent, including many contemporary pieces. John Nieto’s work is featured with Sioux Warrior, a 1987 acrylic painting. Nieto was a New Mexican artist who frequently depicted Native American culture in the Southwest. The available piece shows a colorful warrior with a single feather crowning his head. Other lots of interest include a gold cuff bracelet from Charles Loloma and two Pauta Saila dancing bear sculptures. The sale of several of this auction’s lots, including the bear sculptures, will benefit the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Bonhams to browse the complete offerings and register to bid online.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts (108)
# of Lots:108
Price Range:$150 - $40,000.
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|A Denise Wallace Fetish Necklace||
|A Pauta Saila Sculpture||
|A Charles Loloma Bracelet||
|A John Nieto Painting, Sioux Warrior, 1987||
|A Ramona Sakiestewa Tapestry, Katsina/5, Circa 1988||
|A Grace Medicine Flower Redware Pottery Vessel||
- Decorative Arts
- Sculptures and Carvings
- Charles Loloma
- Denise Wallace
- Inuit Art
- John Nieto
- Native American
- Pauta Saita
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