Tall White Standing Bear with Fish
Tall White Standing Bear with Fish
Tall White Standing Bear with Fish
Tall White Standing Bear with Fish
Tall White Standing Bear with Fish

Tall White Standing Bear with Fish

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Is it a polar bear or a spirit bear? You get to choose!  This tall, white standing bear carved from white marble with gray veins by Peter Gasper is happily holding a fish.  The fish is carved from spiny oyster shell and has detailed scales.  Peter gave the bear bright inlaid turquoise eyes, and bundle with a jet carved arrowhead, heishi, a tiny bit of coral, and a turquoise bead.

Size: 3.975" H x 1.25" L x 1" 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.