Herbert Halate carved this white bear from marble and inlaid bright blue turquoise eyes. The paws and hair are finely detailed. The offering bundle is turquoise. As with all of Herb's carvings, this one feels so good in the hand.
Size: 1.25" H x 2.5" L x .675" 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.