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    Posted 2 years ago

    mtnclimber…
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    Size: 8" H, 5"W.... CRoad, recently purchased this owl. I remember you saying the older ones have feet. This has nice weight to piece.
    What do you think CRoad? thanks for your knowledge-past, current and future...

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      He's so cute!
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      Yes! this is a Zuni Owl. you can see and read about lots more here: https://www.pinterest.com/ho2cultcha/zuni-and-acoma-polychrome-owls/

      i have a really nice one too. yours is a very good one - because of the big feet and the open mouth with a tongue. the eyes on you are also really cool. personally, i really like the unique ones!
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      Owls can see what others cannot and this is a large part of Owl (Muhukwi) medicine. Owl’s ability to do this reminds us of the importance of both worlds: the physical as well as the spiritual, perhaps the known and the unknown. Our willingness and courage to transform the unknown in ourselves into the known is a true source of wisdom. The Zuni Pueblo people call the owl “the Night Grandfather” because he does his work at night. Clairvoyant properties and uncovering deception have always been associated with Owl. Its connection with wisdom comes from Owl’s ability to discern that which cannot be “seen.”
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      Another tribe in the southwestern United States is the Zuni Pueblo of New
      Mexico. The owl was not used just as a magic maker or warrior aid, but for
      healing. The Zuni Pueblo people of the southwest see the owl as a healer and a
      teacher, but appreciated the creature for similar reasons. The bird is in the stories
      passed on from generation to generation. Owls are also in their motherly
      warnings, dance costumes, prayer sticks, and vessels of religious significance.
      Most of all, the owl is prevalent in their artwork. Some of this artwork is still
      being made and sold today at auctions, museums, and Zuni stores (Medlin 1967).
      Libby McArthur
      The Iconographic Owl Through the Eyes of American Artists
      52
      The idea that the owl can see what cannot be “seen” is why the owl is
      often connected to healing. Owl Medicine reminds us of the importance of the
      two worlds of the seen and unseen or the physical and spiritual. The Zuni Pueblo
      Indians refer to the owl as the “Night Grandfather” because he works at night to
      assist their people. The term grandfather is given to show the wisdom of the owl.
      The owl is able to uncover deception with his clairvoyant thinking or once again
      being able to see an unseen path.
      The wisdom of the owl is apparent in the Zuni story “The Prairie Dogs ask
      Owl to Stop the Rain”. In the story, the prairie dogs are forced to ask
      “Grandfather Burrowing Owl” for help in stopping the rain from flooding their
      fields. Grandfather Burrowing Owl hatches an elaborate plan involving getting
      the stink from a bug who ate too many beans and forcing the bad smell up to the
      rain gods to get them to move on, away from the prairie dogs’ homes (Browne,
      Magnusson, and Warren, 1995). When the prairie dogs were stuck with no
      solution they went to see Grandfather Burrowing Owl for answers and to lead
      them onto the correct path.
      Zuni Pueblo artisans are known for animal effigy vessels and carved
      material fetishes. James Stevenson a trained archeologist and ethnologist traveled
      to Zuni, New Mexico in the 1880s. There, he found many owl effigy vessels like
      the one in Figure 4-17. Made from ceramics, Stevenson classified these vessels
      as sacred jars with religious significance. The vessels usually depict an owl in a
      more stylized manner. The owls tend to have large plump bodies and rounded
      heads with small beaks and large eyes. In most cases eyelashes appear next to the
      Libby McArthur
      The Iconographic Owl Through the Eyes of American Artists
      53
      eyes. The wings are usually small and thin, or sometimes will be seen holding
      objects like owlets (Figure 4-18). The legs of the vessels are typically long with
      large talons on the feet. The vessels are often white wear with decorations
      rendered in color. Some of the larger vessels have a large opening in the top
      while most have a small opening in the beak area.
      Due to the Zunis placing a high regard on privacy, not much is known
      about these vessels. Some historians link them to fertility because they are placed
      in the home and some are created with owlets or baby owls being held onto by the
      owl. It is even said that some Zuni mothers place an owl feather next to a baby to
      help it sleep. Some Zuni families are even known to keep owls as pets (Medlin
      1967).
      The Zuni Pueblo people also carve owls from stone and other materials
      called fetishes. These fetishes are carved to honor the animal and its spirit. It’s
      considered a special kind of medicine that takes the traits from that animal and
      instills them in the human host. It is like a connection from the animal spirit to the
      person. Some carry fetishes to be reminded of their connection to nature as well.
      The Zuni feel that the fetish itself is not the thing of value but instead the spirit is
      what is important. The Zuni also have ceremonial fetishes whose forms are
      carefully dictated and monitored by strict guidelines.
    5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      that long piece was from: Fall 2012
      The Iconographic Owl through the Eyes of
      American Artists: From Native Americans to
      Joseph Cornell
      Elizabeth McArthur
      Governors State University
    6. mtnclimber19k, 2 years ago
      ho2...thanks for the well written description, time & effort...

      in RRancho
    7. Coopergirl Coopergirl, 2 years ago
      It reminds me somewhat of Acoma Pueblo Pottery
    8. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
      Nice find!
    9. mtnclimber19k, 2 years ago
      ho2...with your knowledge of Zuni Owls, what would you estimate the age to be?
      I'm thinking 1920-30's...
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Nice Owl mtnclimber19k, and what great information you got from Pete! :^)

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