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HK Item #FB1034

"Nurture"
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni - Ammonite Bear

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard Laiwakete

materials
ammonite, turquoise, Read about stones
height
1 1/8"
length
1 1/2"
width
1/2"
hallmarks
inscribed: B.L. Zuni
artist
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard Laiwakete

Inlaid turquoise eyes and heart line.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard Laiwakete

"Nurture"
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving
FB1034
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$68 plus s/h

Paula says - "Ancient ammonite fossils are very fragile and should be handled with great care to prevent cracking. After all, they are millions of years old!"

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of ammonite fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Bernard 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.

What is Ammonite?

Ammonite is one of only a few biogenic gemstones (those produced by the life processes of plants or animals); others include amber and pearl. While the vast majority of fossilized ammonite found around the world are found in neutral colors ranging from cream to gray to black, those fossils found at the Korite mine in Alberta, Canada have a fossilized outer shell that’s irridescent or opalized. Korite markets these gems under the trade name ammolite. Commercial mining of ammolite beganIn 1981 and that same year it was given official gemstone status by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO).

Feng shui practitioners feel that ammolite promotes the flow of “chi” throughout the body, enhances well-being, and reduces toxins.

Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future.

What Does a Heart Line Represent?

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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