Bears are one of the most important fetishes throughout the Southwest. Although Fetishes are used to represent various animals, Bear Fetishes are considered healers and provide special powerful curative abilities, a symbol of supreme power, solitude and introspection. Bears are considered the most powerful with the white bear the most powerful healing tool. Generally bears will be carved with little or no tails. Ed Benally carved this minute Zuni fetish to represent the power of the bear. This piece stands a mere 1 1/4" tall, and weighs 1 1/4 ounces. It is signed by the artist.
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