Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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"Wabi-Sabi Green"
Leland Boone - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish carving

Materials
Malachite, turquoise, spiny oyster, coral,
Read about stones
Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 1/2"
Width
1 3/8"
Height
1 1/2"
Hallmarks
none
Artist
Leland Boone, Zuni

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

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

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"Wabi-Sabi Green"
Leland Boone, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB514 - $85 SOLD

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Paula says - "This bear fetish is carved from a piece of deep green malachite - a real stone that has several imperfections.

"Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, of accepting natural growth, decay, and death. It reveres authenticity above all else. Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came."

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Medicine bundle of a spiny oyster arrowhead with nuggets of turquoise and coral tied with sinew. Eyes of inlaid coral.

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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.

 

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