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Zuni carver, Herbert Halate, carved this green turquoise bear. He inlaid jet for it's eyes. The carving is smooth, like all of Herbert's carvings. And, it is small enough to fit in a neck pouch that is at least two inches long.
Size: .625" H x 1.75" 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.