This is a wonderful rare Zuni bear fetish with an exceptionally ornate offering bundle and micro sized. This bear is carved from a single nugget specimen of stunning turquoise. This bear is particularly special because the sacred color of the Bear and the West is Blue. This bear has adorable and lovingly carved details and a very pointy expressive face that is a very primitive style. Not only does this bear have tiny tiny hishi beads but also has tiny drilled fossil coral branch specimens in his bundle. The micro size makes it even more difficult to create.
Bear (Anshe) is the protective hunting animal of the West. The bear is one of the most important fetish animals throughout the Southwest. The Bear Clan in Zuni society Is much like the equivalent of the American Medical Association as Bears are associated with great healing powers. While all bears have great curative properties white bears provide especially powerful healing. The sacred color associated with Bear is blue. A bear is a wonderful gift for someone who needs healing from cancer or other chronic disease, or a doctor who fights it.
This bear is not signed, it was not traditional for the Zuni to sign their fetishes until recently, it was more appropriate to seek recognition for the entire tribe rather than an individual.
Fetishes represent unique and very personal gifts, they are wonderful for the holidays, as congratulations for life changing events and more. This is a very rare item and would make a fine addition to any collection.
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American Indians have used fetishes throughout history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from problems of mind or body. Some believe that their powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly related to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise covered fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated.
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