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Zuni carver Andres Quandelacy made this glowing Mother of Pearl bear and inlaid turquoise eyes and a heartline. The eyes and heartlines are on both sides, and the paws are detailed. It is strung on soft olive green turquoise with spiny oyster, black onyx, and lapis beads. The beads end with sterling silver bead and cones, and a hook and eye clasp. There is a small, rectangular sterling silver tag next to the clasp that reads "A Quandelacy".
Size: 21.5" L - Bear 1.375" H x 1.5" 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.