The sweet smile on this bear's face says it all! Delvin Leekya carved it from travertine and inlaid turquoise eyes. The offering bundle is shimmering mother of pearl arrowhead with a shimmering pink mussel shell on top. "DL" is carved on the back left leg.
Size: 2" H x 3" L x 1.5" 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.