Bears Bound Together
Bears Bound Together
Bears Bound Together
Bears Bound Together
Bears Bound Together

Bears Bound Together

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These bears are bound together with each one looking in the opposite direction as if they are watching one another's backs.  It was made by Peter Gasper, Jr.  The orange bear is carved from alabaster with inlaid turquoise eyes.  The offering bundle has a gold lip mother of pearl arrowhead, with heishi, turquoise, and red beads.  The other bear is carved from banded serpentine and has an offering bundle of a mother of pearl arrowhead, with heishi, turquoise, and red beads.  More about bears below.

Size: 1.375" H x 2.75" 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.