Darrin Boone carved this bear from Picasso marble and inlaid a sunface on the side. The actual color of the stone is closer to the image of the bear in the hand. The sunface is inlaid turquoise, red coral, jet, and mother of pearl. The offering bundle is a beautifully carved mother of pearl arrowhead, and is wrapped on with sterling silver wire. More about bears below.
Size: .75" H x 1.625" L
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.