Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Emery Eriacho - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Materials
Rainbow calsilica, turquoise,coral, spiny oyster shell, Read about stones;
Sinew
Height
1 3/8 "
Length
1 5/8"
Width
1/2"
Artist
Emery Eriacho, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksEmery Eriacho'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 a spiny oyster shell arrowhead, turquoise nugget, coral piece and shell heishi all tied with sinew.

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Emery Eriacho, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving
FB497
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$65 SOLD

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Inlaid jet eyes.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a 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.

Rainbow Calsilica is a beautiful multicolored stone chosen for carvings by Zuni artists. Some experts say it is a natural occurring stone from a mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. Others say it has to be man made because of its vibrant colors. We have done research on the subject and can not say which is true. What we do know, is that it is beautiful, eye-catching, and most importantly, Zuni artists choose to use the material for their carvings. Read about stones

Sinew is thread made from animal tendon.

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.

 

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