Not only is this sweet bear dancing, its face is lifted up to the sky with a smile! Claudia Peina carved it from jet and inlaid turquoise eyes, and six turquoise dots on the front and back. The right leg is kicked backward, and it balances on the left leg! The paws are detailed. "CP" and "Z" are engraved on the bottom foot.
Size: 2.375" H x 2.5" L x .75" 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.