Judy Jay's

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Native American Jewelry: NA191

THE POWER OF THE BEAR ( Vintage Native American Zuni Indian Bear Fetish ): Fetishes bring good and protect us. For many centuries the Zuni and other Pueblo people have known this – having a little help from the spirits of animals was and is a comfort in a hostile world. Bears are one of the most important animals in the Zuni culture. They are the Guardians of the West and lend their intelligence, strength and healing powers to the owners of bear fetishes. When I am sick my husband gathers up all the fetish bears we have and places them at my bedside. This hand carved black onyx bear has been inlaid with two mother-of-pearl and spring oyster shell arrows running down his back. Both sides have turquoise eyes and a heart-line leading to a decorative inlaid body motif comprised of lapis, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, coral and shell. According to the Zuni, it is the owner of a Fetish who imbues it with spiritual power, not the carver, so you see it is all up to you!

Condition: Excellent. Time has produced a few tiny stress marks of no consequence.
Size: 2 3/4” long, 1 3/4” high, 1/2” wide.

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