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Terrence and Jessica Martza - Zuni Bear

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of Alabaster and Turquoise by Zuni artists Terrence and Jessica Martza

materials
Alabaster, turquoise, coral
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height
1 5/8"
depth
1/2"
width
7/8"
hallmarks
TJM
artist
Terrence and Jessica Martza, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of Alabaster and Turquoise by Zuni artists Terrence and Jessica Martza

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of Alabaster and Turquoise by Zuni artists Terrence and Jessica Martza

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of Alabaster and Turquoise by Zuni artists Terrence and Jessica Martza

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of Alabaster and Turquoise by Zuni artists Terrence and Jessica Martza

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.

Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and 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 and is one of the animals of the Six Directions. Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

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