Large Zuni Fetish Black Bear
A Zuni, Fetish Bear by [INSERT ARTISTS NAME]
Bear is made from jet and turquoise eyes.
The bears meaning is strength and protection.
Fetishes are small hand carvings, most often of animals, made by the Zuni people in various materials, such as Mother-of-Pearl, Jet, Turquoise, Pipestone, Marble, Jasper, Travertine and Bone. In Native American traditions, fetishes are considered Sacred because they are imbued with the powers of the animal they represent; animals often depicted include bears, wolves, beavers, dragonflies, horses, badger, frog, deer, eagle and many others.
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