Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear
Shawl of Many Colors Bear

Shawl of Many Colors Bear

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This Shawl of Many Colors Bear was carved by Jayne Quam.  The bear is carved from Mexican Onyx which has an almost clear spot between the legs, and has turquoise inlaid eyes.  The shawl includes a white spiral shell, spiny oyster shells, turquoise, azurite, abalone, and serpentine.

Jayne Quam is Navajo, and is married to Zuni carver Lynn Quam.  They are both talented carvers who fetishes are highly sought after.

Size: 1.25" H x 2.5" 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.