Native ASOLDSOLDmerican Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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HK Item #FB513
"Power Bear"
Davey Cooeyate - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish carving

Materials
Pipestone, turquoise, Read about stones
Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 1/2"
Width
1 3/8"
Height
1 1/2"
Hallmarks
D C
Z
Artist
Davey Cooeyate, Zuni

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

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Eyes, necklace and heartline of inlaid turquoise.

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"Power Bear"
Davey Cooeyate, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB513 - $125 SOLD

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Paula says - "This bear fetish has an unusual heartline that goes from the front paw over the back to the left hip. There are natural light colored 'power spots' in the pipestone and an inlaid necklace complete with naja made of turquoise power spots. A very powerful bear!"

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Medicine bundle of a turquoise arrowhead tied with sinew.

 

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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.

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.

 

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