Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Bernard Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish 

Orthoceras bear with turquoise eyes and heart line.

Material
Ammonite, turquoise
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Length
4"
Height
5/8"
Width
1/2"
Hallmarks
BL   ZUNI
Artist
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksBernard Laiwakete 's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish

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Bernard Laiwakete - Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving
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Paula says -

"This amazing bear has an Orthoceras fossil on one side that looks like echos of sound waves from eons past. On the other side is a turquoise heart line the entire length of the bear."

Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Hand made Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationWhat is a Fetish? A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. A fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides of the animal. It usually extends from the mouth to the region of the heart. There are many interpretations as to what a heart line represents, but it is often said to represent the pathway of the breath of the animal to the life force which is the heart. Others feel that the heart line points to the soul of the animal. It is thought that a heart line gives the fetish healing or medicinal power.

Orthoceras date back to the Silurian Age over 400 million years ago. They are the earliest recognizable animals. Able to swim and crawl, Orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches to over six feet long. When they died, their shells fell to the ocean floor and after being covered by sediment, were transformed into stone.


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