Dancing bear fetish by Claudia Peina, shed antler
Dancing/happy bear Zuni fetish, hand-carved by Zuni artist Claudia Peina, made of shed antler with inlay jet face and claws. Has turquoise and coral accents. Signed on the bottom. It measures 2" tall, 1 3/4" wide, and 5/8" deep. Very cute and happy-looking bear. Stands up well on its own on one foot.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west. The white bear is suppose to have stronger healing powers because of its rarity.