Zuni Fetishes

Zuni Carved Bear

$225.00

Apache Carved Alabaster Bear  by Bear Romero

This alabaster bear with black glass bead eyes wears an offering bundle of turquoise, shell, coral and feather.  Bear is the guardian of the West and symbolizes great strength and powerful healing.

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Zuni Carved Bear- Apache Carved Alabaster Bear Fetish Sculpture by Bear Romero

Zuni Carved Bear is the guardian of the West. This small alabaster bear with black glass bead eyes wears an offering bundle of turquoise, shell, coral and feather. This bear has a small piece of branch coral in his mouth. The Bear is a spiritual guardian of the West and symbolizes great strength and powerful healing. A great small carving by Bear Romero.

 

Dimensions:

5.5 in. long x 3.5 in. tall

What are Zuni Fetish?

Zuni Fetish are carved into different animals and supernatural spirits, each a significant symbol to the Zuni people. The animals and spirits depicted through these fetishes were believed to have certain characteristics that could be transferred into the carvings themselves. If you owned a fetish, you would then inherit the respective properties that your fetish represents. However, until the carving is blessed by a Zuni spiritual leader, it remains an intricately carved piece of art. Read about Zuni Fetish

The animals are sometimes depicted with bundles of shells, stones, arrowheads, feathers and other symbolic elements. These bundles are offerings that the animal spirit will carry to the gods on behalf of the owner of the fetish. However, it is said that only the pure of heart will be able to stir the spirits with any true power.

Though many Native American Indian tribes use fetishes, the Zuni are recognized to be the most gifted and prolific carvers of these fascinating artifacts. If you are unable to find a particular Zuni fetish here, just email us.

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