Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Kenric Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Orthoceras fossil Bear Fetish carving by Zuni Kenric Laiwakete

Orthoceras bear with turquoise inlaid eyes and heart line.

Materials
Orthoceras , turquoise, Read about stones
Length
1 7/8"
Width
3/8"
Height
3/4"
Hallmarks
inscribed: KL ZUNI
Artist
Kenric Laiwakete, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Orthoceras fossil Bear Fetish carving by Zuni Kenric Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Orthoceras fossil Bear Fetish carving by Zuni Kenric Laiwakete

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Kenric Laiwakete, Zuni
Orthoceras Bear Fetish Carving

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Paula says - "This amazing bear was living in the stone with this fossil seashell for eons until Kenric Laiwakete saw it and brought it out!

"Fetishes carved from Orthoceras and other ancient fossils will often show fissures and cracks. Sometimes the fossil is so fragile that when being carved, the rock splits partially or completely across. In a few cases the pieces have been reunited which adds to their wabi-sabi. After all, these specimens are millions of years old!!

Authentic Native American Orthoceras fossil Bear Fetish carving by Zuni Kenric Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Orthoceras fossil Bear Fetish carving by Zuni Kenric Laiwakete

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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.

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.

Orthoceras - These were the earliest recognizable animals and were able to swim and crawl. Orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches to over six feet long. When they died, their shells fell to the ocean floor and over the years minerals replaced the animals' organic matter turning them to stone.

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.

 

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