Two bears carved in sandstone with turquoise, purple agate, and coral beads, and a mother of pearl fish strapped on their backs. Turquoise eyes.
-The bear is associated with great strength, power, healing and self-knowledge.
-By Rick Quan
-2” tall x 2.5” wide
-Comes with cotton pouch & packet of cornmeal for its first meal
Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. In tradition, each animal is believed to have inherent powers or qualities that may aid the owner. It is believed that fetishes require a meal of cornmeal and ground turquoise periodically. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly proportional to the protection it will provide. Fetishes may be kept in a clay pot, as it is the tradition, or kept somewhere where they can be admired. Any but the very delicate fetishes could be carried by the owner in a pocket, pouch or bag.
A selection of hand picked vintage and antique items has always been an important part of Reliquary's unique assortment of goods. We travel near and far to bring you a collection of one of a kind pieces, with rich and inspiring histories, just waiting for you to add the next chapter... Please note, signs of wear and other irregularities are evidence of an item’s colorful past and, we feel, add to their individual charm.
Due to the delicate nature of vintage, all pieces are final sale.