Burt Awelagte, Zuni, carved this wonderful bear fetish with an offering. The bear has an offering bundle of a mother of pearl arrowhead, coral, turquoise, penshell enwrapped in sinew. The bear has inlaid turquoise eyes and is 4 7/8" in length by 2 1/2" tall and 1 3/8" in width. He is signed by the artist. Beautiful gemstone speciamen and a nice sized table fetish.
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 directional fetishes and is the Guardian fetish of the West, and is know for healing fetish, strength in the face of adversity and inner power to perceive ones present circumstances.
"Wildhorse" magnesite is usually found in sedimentary beds from a hydrothermal or hot water alteration of serpentine. It is a magnesite mixed with hematite in the simplest terms. "Wild horse" is a relatively newcomer stone being used in Native American jewelry and by fetish carvers that is mined in the Gila Wilderness area in southern Arizona. Its chocolate-brown color wit off-white spots resembles that of an appaloosa horse thus so it is often called Appaloosa or Crazy Horse magnesite.
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