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Enrike Leekya - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Material
travertine (Zuni stone), turquoise, orange spiny oyster, Read about stones
Length
2 1/4"
Height
1 1/2"
Width
1 1/4"
Hallmarks
inscribed: EL
Artist
Enrike Leekya, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Medicine bundle of a turquoise arrowhead and piece of orange spiny oyster.

 

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Inlaid turquoise nose and eyes.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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. 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 is Zuni Stone (Travertine, Zuni Rock)

A non-crystalline, porous rock found on the Zuni reservation. Travertine is a form of limestone (calcium carbonate) so in its pure form, it would be white, but most often travertine occurs in yellow, brown and gray hues due to the presence of other minerals. The late Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse was especially noted for carving with this stone and his descendents continue to use travertine in their carvings today.

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