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Native American Jewelry: NA0115

 

MIDNIGHT BLACK JET BEARS ( Vintage Native American Indian Jewelry Zuni Bear Fetish Necklace ): Gleaming and glistening black jet bears are the focus of this Vintage Zuni Fetish necklace. (Estate piece c. 1975) The Zuni are famous for their animal carvings, often arrayed in what are known as fetish necklaces. At the most fundamental level a fetish is “an object natural or manmade, in which the spirit is thought to reside and can be used for good or evil.” The fetish necklaces are designed to display the carver’s work while providing a vibrant representation of nature. This necklace of jet bears is accented with inset eyes of turquoise. There are 12 standing bears strung on jet and turquoise heishi with a large bear standing upright at the center. The closure is a silver hook and eye style. Bears are my favorite fetish, representing power, strength and healing. Jet is so light weight that it makes this necklace very comfortable to wear. These delightful bears are strikingly elegant, yet with a delightful touch of whimsy.
 
Condition: Excellent.
Size: Necklace is 30” long. Center upright bear is 2” high, 3/4” wide, 1 1/4” deep. Other bears are 1” long, 1 3/8” high, 3/8” deep.
 

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