So much symbolism in this mystical bear. This stone is beautiful. It has a reddish color line naturally running through the stone diagonally. The artist has incorporated 3 heart lines symbolizing the breath of life, of inspiration to the spirit of the animal. The medicine bundle, which are gifts of gratuity to the spirit of the animal, include coral, turquoise, tiny shells and a jet arrowhead for protection in battle.
2 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ Donovan Laiwakete
With fetishes, the choice and quality of stone (color and hardness), cost of material, size of fetish, intricacy of carving, degree of polish, animal representated and “beauty” of the carving all go into determining value.
It is said by anyone who collects and sells Zuni Fetishes that they choose you. When one speaks to you or catches your eye, take notice!