Herbert Halate carved this bear from white marble and inlaid bright blue turquoise eyes. The fur is detailed, and the offering bundle has a bright blue turquoise tied on the back. It feels very good in the hand.
Size: 1.5" H x 2.75" L x .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.