Bear fetish by Stewart Quandelacy, spiny oyster shell
Zuni Bear fetish, hand-carved by famous Zuni artist Stewart Quandelacy. The bear is made of spiny oyster shell, with inlay turquoise heart line and eyes. The artist Stewart Quandelacy is from a famous Zuni fetish carving family, and he is known for his bears. The shell makes the bear two-tone, with more orange on one side and more white on the other, so you can display it facing either way.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west. The heart line represents the direction of breath through the body, and breath represents the spirit of the animal.
Measurements: 1 1/2" tall, 2 1/2" wide, and 1/2" deep, due to its curved shape.