Bill Tsikewa, Sr. carved this banded Mexican onyx bear with white eyes. It is a strong, serious bear and has a beautiful bundle a mother of pearl arrowhead bundled with heishi, turquoise, and coral.
Size: 1.5" H x 2.25" 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.