zf001042Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
This meandering alabaster bear with inlaid jet eyes, mouth, and paws was carved by Rickson Kallestewa. Rickson is well known for the rounded details on the heads, legs, and paws on his carvings. This little bear was well loved for many years in the personal collection of the owner of Gathering Tribes.
Size: .675" H x 1.75" 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.