Dancing bear fetish by Claudia Peina, Kingman turquoise and spiny oyster shell
Zuni fetish carving of a smiling dancing bear, hand-carved by Zuni artist Claudia Peina. It balances well on one foot in a cute dancing pose, when placed on a flat surface. Made of a composite stone that includes Kingman turquoise, spiny oyster shell, and pyrite, for a colorful, fun look. Also has inlay turquoise eyes and buttons, and inlay jet details. This artist specializes in cute bears. Signed by the artist on the bottom.
This fetish measures 2 5/8" tall, 2 3/4" wide at the widest part, and 3/8" deep.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west.