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Zuni carver, Narren Bowannie, carved this bear carving and inlaid large turquoise eyes. We aren't positive about the stone, but we think it is probable serpentine. The bundle has a carved shell arrowhead, shell, turquoise and red beads. It has a white patch above one of the back legs, as well as a couple other small spots, that may be calcite.
Size: 1.625" H x 2.25" L x .625" 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.