Zuni Bear Carving
Zuni Bear Carving
Zuni Bear Carving
Zuni Bear Carving
Zuni Bear Carving

Zuni Bear Carving

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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.