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Herbert Davis - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Herbert Davis

material
serpentine, turquoise, coral, shell heishi, Read about stones
sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
length
2 1/2"
height
1 3/8"
width
7/8"
hallmarks
none
artist
Herbert Davis, Navajo

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Herbert Davis

Medicine bundle of a mother of pearl arrowhead, turquoise and coral nuggets, and shell heishi all tied with sinew.

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Herbert Davis - Navajo
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Herbert Davis

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Herbert Davis

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of serpentine by Navajo Herbert Davis

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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 a Medicine Bundle?

Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied onto the animal that consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be an offering to the fetish, to used evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.

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