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HK Item #FB562
"Laughing Bear"
Juana Homer - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American  bear fetish carving of labradorite by Zuni Juana Homer by Juana Homer

Eyes of inlaid turquoise.

Material
Labradorite, turquoise, coral,
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Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
1 7/8"
Height
1"
Width
5/8"
Hallmarks
none
Artist
Juana Homer, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American  bear fetish carving of labradorite by Zuni Juana Homer

Medicine bundle of a turquoise arrowhead with a coral piece and turquoise nugget all tied with sinew.

Authentic Native American  bear fetish carving of labradorite by Zuni Juana Homer

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"Laughing Bear"
Juana Homer - Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

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Paula says -

"Juana Homer's carvings are what is called "reservation syle", where the animals have minimal detail and closely resemble the rocks from which they came.

"At a casual glance this bear by Juana Homer has a muted somewhat dull appearance, but when the light hits the back just so a patch of pale green appears like a glow from the past."

Authentic Native American  bear fetish carving of labradorite by Zuni Juana Homer

Authentic Native American  bear fetish carving of labradorite by Zuni Juana Homer

With the light angled just right a patch of light green irridescence appears on the back.

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Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationWhat 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. A fetish represents relationship and unity. 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 also 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.

LABRADORITE is a variety of feldspar that is generally grey or dark green and when light reflects at certain angles shows bright irridescent areas of blue, gold and green. It is believed that Labradorite gemstone brings joy and kindness and provide variety and good fortune. It energizes and provide a balanced mental plane and also heals infections. It is said to raise level of consciousness and act as a barrier against all negative energies. Read about stones.

Sinew is thread made from animal tendon.


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