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HK Item #FB933

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Peter Gasper, Zuni - Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

materials
Picasso marble, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, shell heishi, Read about stones
Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
length
2 1/8"
width
3/4"
height
1 1/4 "
hallmarks
inscribed: PG
artist
Peter Gasper, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

"Calm"
Peter Gasper, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB933 - $42 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

Authentic Native American Zuni Bear Fetish carving of Marble by Peter Gasper

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

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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.

Bear

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 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.

Medicine Bundle

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

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Types of Fetishes

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