zf00603Regular price $82.00 Save $-82.00
Herbert Halate carved this black bear from jet. Its neck is outstretched as if it is curious about something it sees. It is inlaid bright blue turquoise eyes and a beautiful turquoise offering bundle. The fur is detailed.
Size: 3.25" L x 1.125" H x .875" 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.