The lid of this nine ounce medicine jar has been capped with 31 grams of 26 gauge Sterling silver and is crowned with a genuine Zuni rabbit fetish, hand-carved from yellow Jasper, with turquoise inlay, by Abby Quam (see below).
Jasper is an aggregate mineral which is a microcrystalline variety of quartz. It is typically red, yellow, brown, or green, with the red being due to iron inclusions. The name Jasper means speckled stone, and there are many colorful varieties found around the world. It has a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs scale.
Jasper has been used by almost every ancient civilization for its strong healing and grounding powers. It carries a strong connection with the Earth’s energy, making it beneficial for grounding, stability, and strength. Yellow Jasper is a stone of tenacity and perseverance, helping to build self-confidence and transmit healing.
The Sterling silver on the lid strengthens the connection between the astral and physical planes while enhancing the energies of the stone it surrounds.
Though the rabbit is not a traditional Zuni animal, they have been carving them for several generations due to demands from other tribes and from collectors. The rabbit symbolizes gentleness, fertility, innocence, and virtue. They are considered a special guardian for women by facilitating safe child birth, and by bringing a long life to children. Since rabbits are the dinner for many predators, they are also associated with facing our fears and not allowing them to become our reality. This fetish has an inlaid turquoise arrow in its body, called a heartline. To the Zuni, the heartline represents the breath as the life force of the animal. The heartline is depicted as a line in the shape of an arrow that begins at the mouth where breath gives life and points to the heart, soul, or spirit, where faith and inner strength preside. A heartline is either etched, inlaid, or painted along one or both sides of the animal, and is created to give the fetish extra healing or medicinal power.
Place your keepsakes or medicine in the Native American Medicine jar to infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies.
Experience the power of Native American Medicine and own an amazingly unique fusion of art and ancient power.
Abby Quam is an exceptional Zuni Fetish carver who often teams up with her husband, Clayton Panteah. Their attractive carvings have very detailed inlaid heartlines as part of their unique, yet traditional style.
Jar measures: 3 3/4″ tall (without fetish) x 3″ diameter.
Design Concept and project coordination by Native American Medicine Company, headed by WB Freeman.
This medicine jar was constructed by Sun Arc Jewelry Arts, with master craftsmanship by Pat McCartney, who has created distinctive jewelry and stonework for over 40 years, cutting her first stones at 13 years of age.
The fetish used by Native American Medicine Company was collected by Zuni Fetish Gallery, led by Dave Dozark, who has traded in Zuni fetishes for over 20 years.
Box construction materials provided by Bruce Barlow of Barlow’s Gems, a foremost purveyor of minerals and gemstones in the Southwest.
The genuine Zuni rabbit fetish was hand carved by Abby Quam, a tribeswoman of the Shiwi people, residing in the pueblo of Zuni in the northwest corner of New Mexico.