Dancing bear by Claudia Peina, shed antler
Zuni dancing bear fetish, hand-carved by Zuni artist Claudia Peina, made of shed antler, with inlay jet, turquoise. Signed on the bottom. This bear stands 2 1/2" tall, 2 1/2" wide by 5/8" deep at the base. Very cute bear fetish, with its mouth smiling, characteristic of this artist's style.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west.