Quizzical Bear
Quizzical Bear
Quizzical Bear
Quizzical Bear

Quizzical Bear

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Zuni carver Danette Laate carved this Quizzical Bear from shimmering Mother of Pearl.  Its head is twisted the way humans twist our heads when we are questioning something.  it has a sunface inlayed on its back of turquoise, coral, and jet with four turquoise dots in the cardinal directions around the sunface.  Its eyes are bright blue turquoise.  Its nose, mouth, paws, and tail are beautifully detailed.  DL is engraved on the bottom.  More about bears below.

Size: 1" H x 1.125" 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.

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