Tim Lementino carved this bear from marble and inlaid jet for the eyes and nose. The bear is standing, looking intently at...something! The paws and tail are detailed. Maybe this little bear will look after you?
Size: 2" H x 1" 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.