Ricolite bear with jet inlaid eyes and medicine bundle.
FB597 - $95
Medicine bundle of a turquoise arrowhead with a turquoise nugget and conch shell all tied with sinew.
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 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.
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.
Ricolite is type of fine grained serpentine that has colored banding. Ricolite comes from a remote and inaccessible area in southwest New Mexico. The name Ricolite means "rich stone" and it was officially recognized in 1889.