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Bear - Cedar, by Herb Halate (Zuni) SOLD

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Price: $79.00
SOLD - Please call us for more information
Item Number: RKF0037

Zuni artist, Herb Halate, has created a beautiful fetish bear that subtly reveals the passage of time by carving a cedar cross-section with tree rings that radiate from the tree’s first year. His carving technique emulates a rough fur pattern and claws. This creative bear has inlaid turquoise eyes and a special bundle of turquoise tied to the back.

Fetish carvings are made in numerous styles and materials and are representative of a vast array of animals and figures since artists and carvers have become more creative and varied. Carving fetishes has developed into one of the most collectible art forms of the Zuni Tribe today. Fetishes are still made and used in homes, for special purposes and religious ceremony. They originally came from the belief that when a stone resembled a certain animal, the power of that animal resided in the stone. Sometimes after finding such a stone, carving a bit of the stone to bring out more of the animal resemblance was done.

Height: 2 3/8", Length: 3.5", Width: 1 1/8"