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Zuni carver, Michael Mahooty, carved this standing bear from cedar. It has inlaid turquoise eyes, and detailed nose, mouth and paws. Its head is tiltled up as if looking at something in the sky. It has a pale pink mussel shell arrowhead with a smaller green turquoise on its back. And, yes, it has the aroma of cedar. More on bears below.
Size: 3.75" H x 1" L x .5" 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.