Turquoise Bear
Turquoise Bear
Turquoise Bear
Turquoise Bear
Turquoise Bear
Turquoise Bear

Turquoise Bear

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Herbert Halate carved this bear from a beautiful piece of turquoise with chocolate brown matrix.  As you can see, the bear looks very alert as it appears to look into the distance...and we are all wondering what the distance is looking like these days!  Herbert inlaid jet eyes, and as with all of Herbert's carvings, the lines are delineated and smooth.  Plus, this little bear feels very good in the hand!

Size: .625" H x 1.875" 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.