Bear fetish by Vernon Lunasee
Bear Zuni fetish, hand-carved by Zuni artist Vernon Lunasee. The bear is made of hickoryite, with inlay turquoise eyes. Has what the artists calls a thumb print circle that indicates the legs. Signed on the bottom. It measures 1 1/2" tall, 2" wide, and 1/4" deep.
The bear is one of the most popular fetishes, it symbolizes strength, power, courage, adaptability, and health. Protector from the west.