Darrin Boone carved this bear from jet and inlaid a sunface on the side. The sunface is inlaid with red coral, jet, mother of pearl, and turquoise. The eyes in inlaid turquoise. The offering bundle has a mother of pearl arrowhead wrapped with silver wire.
Size: .75" H x 1.5" L x .375" 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.