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The bottoms of his hind paws are made of Mother of Pearl that has been inlaid with jet dots for his pads and toes.
Paula says -
"The French artist Rodin created the famous scupture 'The Thinker'. This bear is definitely thinking, so I call him Rodin!"
Made of highly polished jet with eyes of inlaid turquoise, the composition is perfect.
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. A double fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.
The bear is a symbol of strength and deliberate action, introspection,
soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is one of the guardian
animals of the Six
Jet (Acoma Jet).
A solid black type of lignite coal that is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region,
thus the name Acoma Jet, or Jet for short. It is very popular for carving fetishes.
It is also used for inlaying but usually not used