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Stewart Alonzo - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo 

Material
onyx, turquoise, coral, shell heishi, Read about stones
feather and sinew
Length
2 1/2"
Height
1 3/4"
Width
7/8"
Hallmarks
inscribed: SA 13
Artist
Stewart Alonzo, Navajo

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo

Medicine bundle of a feather, mother of pearl arrowhead, coral, turquoise, and shell heishi all tied with sinew.

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Stewart Alonzo - Navajo
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo

Turquoise inlaid eyes and heartline.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of onyx by Navajo Stewart Alonzo

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.

Onyx is mined as a striped variety of agate, with white, black, brown or red alternating bands that are parallel and regular. Treatments using heat, sugar, and/or acid can turn onyx a uniform color, most commonly black, green, purple or blue. White onyx occurs naturally and can also be achieved by bleaching.. Read about stones.

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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