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Is it a polar bear or a spirit bear? You get to choose! This tall, white standing bear carved from white marble with gray veins by Peter Gasper is happily holding a fish. The fish is carved from spiny oyster shell and has detailed scales. Peter gave the bear bright inlaid turquoise eyes, and bundle with a jet carved arrowhead, heishi, a tiny bit of coral, and a turquoise bead.
Size: 3.975" H x 1.25" L x 1" W
Bears are the guardians of the western gate in Zuni Pueblo. They are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months. In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.
Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal. Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.