Zuni Black Marble Bear by Fabian Tsethlikai
Zuni Black Marble Bear by Fabian Tsethlikai
Zuni Black Marble Bear by Fabian Tsethlikai
Zuni Black Marble Bear by Fabian Tsethlikai

Zuni Black Marble Bear by Fabian Tsethlikai

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Fabian did an amazing job carving these rock art images on to black marble.  One side has a heartline,rain cloud with lightening, a sun, two kokopellis, corn and two friends.  The other side has a heartline, two different types of spirals, a dragonfly, kokopelli, deer hooves and what may be a snake.

Size: 1.75 high x 1.75 wide

Bears are respected and revered by many Indigenous people.  In Zuni Pueblo, the bear is the guardian of the west, which is where spirits go when people pass away.  They are associate with power, strength, protection and healing.  Some say that humans learned which plants to eat when sick by watching what the bears ate when they were sick.

 

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.

 

This carving was part of a large collection of Zuni carvings which were purchased between 1998 and 2016.