Zuni Large Bear Fetish by Unknown Carver
Zuni Large Bear Fetish by Unknown Carver

Zuni Large Bear Fetish by Unknown Carver

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This big Zuni bear is carved from fossilized shell in dark gray marble.  It has an inlaid turquoise heartline and eyes.

Size 4” H x 6” L x 1" W

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.