Leekya Deyuse is acknowledged as the most famous fetish carver of the 20th century. He was considered one of the most important innovators of his time, and his carvings are widely recognized for their technical perfection and subtle, undulating form. This magnificent work is the most elaborate fetish necklace he is known to have created, far surpassing others of the type in numbers of elements and sculptural mass. Each of the approximately 600 birds and animals was intricately carved, inlaid and hand-drilled for suspension, resulting in a masterpiece of American Indian jewelry.


  • Title: Fetish Necklace
  • Creator: Leekya Deyuse
  • Creator Lifespan: 1889 - 1966
  • Creator Gender: None
  • Date Created: ca. 1935
  • Physical Dimensions: w406.4 mm (Length)
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Gift of Mrs. David T. Beals, Gift of Mrs. David T. Beals
  • External Link: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Medium: Coral, shell, turquoise, jet, cotton cord and leather
  • Culture: Zuni

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