Herb Halate carved this strong bear from jet. He inlaid bright blue turquoise eyes and made a beautiful offering bundle with a long, narrow turquoise stone. The fur is detailed all around. And, it is so smooth!
Size: 1.25" H x 2.75" L x 1.125" 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.