Two-Sided Abalone Fish Fetish
Orin Eriacho grew up in the big rock house south of the Zuni river built by Henry Gasper. The home is most associated with the Tsabetsaye family and linked to the Walelas. Growing up, Orin was surrounded by creativity and family celebrity, but his entry into the art world came out of his own interests.
Eventually, Orin began carving rock, using scraps from the artists around him. The fetishes were tiny but completely dressed. He was mentored by Bob Walela and expanded his repertoire.
As an adult, Orin has made a reputation as a good carver, who uses stones found in Zuni Pueblo.
This fish fetish is a great example of something he doesn’t do often, as he was given the Abalone to use in this piece (there is no Abalone shell in Zuni), and he carved it spectacularly!
The fish is mounted on a small chunk of Fluorite, found in Zuni by Orin himself.
This handsome carving, with a splash of color and a beautifully formed fish, will be a standout piece in any collection!