Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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HK Item #FB546
"Bronze Age"
Bernard Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni fossil Bear Fetish carving of Ammonite by Bernard Laiwakete

Materials
Ammolite, turquoise,
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Length
1 1/2"
Width
1/2"
Height
1 1/4 "
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.

Authentic Native American Zuni fossil Bear Fetish carving

Authentic Native American Zuni fossil Bear Fetish carving

"Bronze Age"
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB546 - $75 SOLD

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Paula says - "This amazing bear was living in the stone as a fossil shell for eons until Bernard Laiwakete saw it and brought it to life! When light hits it just right you can see tiny areas of irridescence near the center of the spiral."

Authentic Native American Zuni fossil Bear Fetish carving

Authentic Native American Zuni fossil Bear Fetish carving

Inlaid turquoise eyes and heart line.

 

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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.

Ammonite is an extinct group of cephalopods, or squid-like creatures that thrived in tropical seas until becoming extinct along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Mesozoic era. The fossilized shells resemble tightly-coiled rams' horns and they were named after the Egyptian god Ammon who was often depicted wearing ram's horns. Most ammonite is in neutral colors ranging from cream to gray to black, but ammonite mined in Alberta, Canada has an outer shell thatís irridescent or opalized and is called ammolite. Read about stones

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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