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HK Item #FB638
"Bear Heart"
David Yazzie - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Navajo David Yazzie

Material
jet, turquoise, Read about stones
Length
2 1/4"
Height
1 1/4"
Width
3/4"
Hallmarks
inscribed: DJY
Artist
David Yazzie, Navajo

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Navajo David Yazzie

 

"Bear Heart"
David Yazzie - Navajo
Bear Fetish Carving

FB638 - $55 plus s/h
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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Navajo David Yazzie

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Navajo David Yazzie

Turquoise inlaid eyes and heartline.

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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.

Jet (Acoma Jet) - A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Jet can be heavy or very lightweight and it is sometimes mistaken for plastic. 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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