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Bear - Picasso Marble, by Darrin Boone (Zuni)

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Price: $55.00
Item Number: Z01198

Darrin Boone’s Picasso Marble fetish bear has been designed with very special features. This talented Zuni artist placed a striking elongated shell arrowhead with silver binding on the bear’s back. On one side, a Sunface or Tawa is set using fine pieces of turquoise, jet, red coral and mother of pearl. The bear’s mouth is inlaid with turquoise.

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: 1.25", Length: 2", Width: 5/8"