Zuni Bear Earrings
Zuni Bear Earrings
Zuni Bear Earrings

Zuni Bear Earrings

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These bear fetish were made by Zuni carver, Darrin Boone.  Each one has a Sunface made of inlaid red spiny oyster shell, turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and jet.  They  are wrapped with and dangle from sterling silver wires.  The black jet bears have inlaid turquoise eyes and mouth.  The Mother of Pearl bears have inlaid jet eyes and inlaid turquoise mouth.


Size: 1.125" H (includes wire) 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.