Todd Westika Crinoid Medicine Bear


Item Number: DR 3048
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Todd Westika
Medium: Crinoid stone and sterling silver
Age: 2016
Dimensions: 2 1/4” X 1 3/8”



Most Crinoid carvings are grey, but this bear has a nice reddish fossil. His eyes are sterling silver. The bear is out of a material called Crinoid, which is a limestone with inclusions that are skeletal remains of marine organisms, so basically it is a fossilized stone from an ancient sea bed. The rounded shape of the bear makes it a medicine bear. It represents the type of fetish that is used in traditional healing ceremonies, so the bear is looked at as a promoter of good health.

Condition: Excellent – original new condition
Provenance: Purchased from Todd at Zuni Pueblo

Additional information

Weight 2 oz