Zuni Bear Pendant
Zuni Bear Pendant

Zuni Bear Pendant

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These bear carving pendants were made by Zuni carver, Darrin Boone.  Eyes and mouth are inlaid turquoise and/or jet.  On one side, each one has a Sunface made of inlaid red spiny oyster shell, turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and jet.  The other side has an arrowhead:

Mother of Pearl -Pink Mussel Shell

Pink Mussel Shell - Mother of Pearl

They are wrapped in sterling silver wire.

Size: 1.125" H x 1.25" L

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.