Navajo jeweler, Roger Pino, carved this bear from dolomite, and inlaid a bright blue heartline. The color of the dolomite is a faded mauve, with darker vertical lines, and pale yellow around the face...very soothing. Roger inlaid turquoise eyes. The setting is sterling silver.
Size: 1.75" H x 2.5" x .375" 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.