Is it smiling because it just had a good meal? We hope so! This chubby bear was carved by Delvin Leekya from travertine. It has inlaid turquoise eyes and an offering bundle with a pink mussel shell arrowhead with a bit of mother of pearl on top.
Size: 1.5" H x 2" L x 1.125" 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.