Burt Awelagte, Zuni, carved this medicine bear fetish with an offering out of white seastone. The bear is 2 1/4" in length by 3 5/8" wide and 1 5/8" tall and with offering approx. 2 3/16" and 5/8" wide. The bear has inlaid turquoise eyes with an offering of a mother of pearl arrowhead, coral, turquoise penshell enwrapped in sinew. He is signed by the artist. Really nice gemstone speciamen.
Burt is from the Othole family of carvers from Zuni. His style is towards the traditional with arrowheads and bundle offerings. "Abstract and unique is also a characteric of my creations."
The offering is a symbol to the fetish for providing protection, good luck, peace and harmony for the beholder. The bear is one of the directionalfetishes and is the Guardian fetish of the West, and is know for healingfetish, strength in the face of adversity and inner power to perceive onespresent circumstances.
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