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. He has been beautifully carved from petrosky which has beautiful soft shades of brown and cream flowing though out the stone.
The bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. He is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. The bear is a symbol of 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 of Zuni.
Condition: Excellent – original – new.
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.