Ammolite bear with turquoise eyes and heart lines.
Paula says - "This amazing bear was living in a fossil for eons until Bernard Laiwakete saw it and brought it out!
"Fetishes carved from ancient fossils will often show fissures and cracks. Sometimes the fossil is so fragile that when being carved, the rock splits partially or completely across. In a few cases the pieces have been reunited which adds to their wabi-sabi. After all, these specimens are millions of years old!!
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.
Indian Bear Symbolism
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.
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.
What are Ammonites?
Ammonites are an extinct group of cephalopods, or squid-like creatures that thrived in tropical seas until becoming extinct along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Mesozoic era. Their fossilized shells resemble tightly-coiled rams' horns and they were named after the Egyptian god Ammon who was often depicted wearing ram's horns. Ammolite is an ammonite with an outer layer thatís irridescent or opalized.
What is Wabi-Sabi?
Wabi-sabi is the art
of finding beauty in imperfection, of accepting natural growth, decay, and death.
It reveres authenticity above all else. Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices
and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds
us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well
as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from
which we came.