zf000171Regular price $82.00 Save $-82.00
Zuni carver, Narren Bowannie, carved this happy bear of lemon serpentine. The texture is as smooth as butter. He inlaid turquoise for eyes and made a wonderful bundle that includes a zebra agate arrowhead, heishi, turquoise and a tiny red bead. We love the carved paws on the feet!
Size: 1.5" H x 2.5" L x .75" 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.