Dancing bear with necklace by Claudia Peina, shed antler
Zuni dancing bear fetish, hand-carved by Zuni artist Claudia Peina, made of shed antler, with inlay jet, coral andturquoise. Signed on the bottom. This bear stands 2 3/4" tall, 3" wide by 1" deep at the larger part. Very cute bear fetish, with its mouth smiling, characteristic of this artist's style. The bears necklace/collar has a great design with nice pieces of turquoise and coral. Stands very firmly on one foot.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west.