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Todd Westika Fossilized Limestone Medicine Bear


Item Number: DR 3088
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Todd Westika
Medium: Purisima, turquoise, coral and sterling silver
Age: 2017
Dimensions: 4” by 1 ½”



This dramatic bear is carved from a beautiful piece of Purisima stone, which is fossilized limestone. This particular piece of Purisima is abundant with numerous fossils, which adds to the character of the stone. Todd has beautifully enhanced the quality of the fossilized limestone through the structure of this magnificent ram. His horns include circles of fossils too.

This wonderful bear has an offering bundle of a turquoise arrowhead with sterling silver beads and coral beads on either side. The bundle is attached with sinew.

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 and is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Todd is one of the elite carvers at Zuni, selling his carvings at art fairs or museum showings. He has won numerous awards for his carvings.

Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.