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Zuni carver, Jonathan Natewa, carved this bear out of black marble and inlaid turquoise eyes. He etched a sunface, feathers, Kokopelli, and geometric designs on both sides. It is signed "J. Natewa" on the bottom. So strong and beautiful!
Size: 1,875" H x 2,25" L x .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.