The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears
The Three Serpentine Bears

The Three Serpentine Bears

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Zuni carver, Della Haloo, carved these three bears on a log.  They are carved from cream colored serpentine and all have inlaid turquoise eyes.  Their paws are detailed, and they each have an arrowhead bundle, with the leading bear have an extra arrowhead on top. More about bears below.

Size: 2.125" H x 5.75" L x 1.25" 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.