This bejeweled black bear feels fancy with its offerings of amethyst, red coral, mother of pearl, amber, and carnelian! It was made by married couple, Farlan and Paulette Quam, from Jet. It has inlaid turquoise eyes and the fur is intricately detailed. The mouth, nose, and paws are also well detailed!
Size: 2.25" H x 3.25" L x 1.25" 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.