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Darrin Boone, Zuni - Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Zuni Darrin Boone

material
marble, mother of pearl, turquoise, jet, coral, Read about stones
sterling silver wire, Read about silver
length
2"
height
1 1/4"
width
1/2"
hallmarks
inscribed: Darrin Boone Zuni NM
artist
Darrin Boone, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Zuni Darrin Boone

Inlaid sunface of mother of pearl, turquoise jet and coral.

Eyes and mouth of inlaid turquoise.

 

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Darrin Boone, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Zuni Darrin Boone

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Zuni Darrin Boone

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of jet by Zuni Darrin Boone

Medicine bundle of mother of pearl arrow head.

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What is an Animal Fetish?

Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksA fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such as double bear fetish Carving of fishrock and turquoise, jet and coral.
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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.

About Sunface Symbolism

The Sunface is found throughout Zuni art, from jewelry to weavings to pottery. It represents the sunlight and warmth that makes life and growth possible and brings playfulness and joy to children and good fortune and prosperity to families. The center of the circle represents the face of Sun. The two sections of the forehead are typically turquoise and coral and symbolize the continuous cycle of sunrise and sunset. The lower part of the Sunface is mother of pearl with rectangular eyes and round mouth of jet. Bordering the face is a circle of feathers, usually of mother of pearl and jet or coral.

Zuni Fetishes and Carvings
Types of Fetishes

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Zuni Animal Fetish necklaceFetish Necklace

The use of small carved animals on Native American necklaces is a modern invention for the market. It is not traditional to use a fetish, per se, on a necklace or as jewelry.

 

Zuni Horse Table Fetish carvingTable Fetish

Table fetishes stand on a flat surface for viewing. They come in various scales with the 2-inch scale being the size most commonly sold today.

 

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A fetish can be carried when the power of the animal is desired to help the person with a routine task or an obstacle or problem. Pocket fetishes might help with safe travel, a successful venture or "hunt", a good yield or "crop".

 

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A fetish can be transported in a medicine bag but it is said that only the mole is content in the darkness for long periods of time.

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8 - Habit Forming

 

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