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Linda Livingston - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American  Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Linda Livingston

Material
serpentine, turquoise, pipestone, Read about stones;
sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 1/2"
Height
1 1/4"
Width
5/8"
Hallmarks
none
Artist
Linda Livingston, Navajo

Authentic Native American  Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Linda Livingston

Turquoise inlaid eyes and heart line of pipestone and turquoise.

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Authentic Native American  Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Linda Livingston

Authentic Native American  Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Linda Livingston

Authentic Native American  Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Linda Livingston

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.

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.

Serpentine - The state rock of California, serpentine is a gemrock with wide diversity in color and character, from green to yellow, with browns, black and whites. It can be bi-colored, streaked, mottled, banded or spotted and it has a slippery, snake-like surface (hence the name). It is composed of several minerals including minor amounts of chrysotile a somewhat benign form of asbestos.

In the rock industry the scientific term “marble” is also applied to serpentine rocks that can be polished to a high shine. But , technically, “marble” and “serpentine” are two different rocks. Scientific terms (in this case “marble”) can have a different meaning in industry. Dark green serpentine “marble” is frequently referred to as verde antique.

It is said to help one find inner peace, calmness, and a long life; instills in the bearer a respect for the elderly and wards off snake bites.

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