Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Cheryl Beyuka - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Materials
Fishrock, turquoise, jet, Read about stones
sinew
Length
1 3/8"
Width
1/2"
Height
3/4 "
Hallmarks
signed: Cheryl Beyuka   Zuni
Artist
Cheryl Beyuka, Zuni

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

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Medicine bundle of three turquoise nuggets tied with sinew.

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Cheryl Beyuka, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB476 - $60 SOLD

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Eyes of inlaid acoma jet.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

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What 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. 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 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.

Medicine Bundle - Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.

Jet (Acoma Jet) - A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Read about stones.

 

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