This vintage bear fetish necklace is made of natural elements associated with Native American life. There's a hand-carved bone bear with an inlaid turquoise arrow. The beaded necklace is strung with long bone tube beads, red coral, black onyx, and silvertone spacers.
The necklace measures 21 inches around, ending in a screw barrel clasp. The bear measures 1 1/2 inches across by 1 inch long.
The Bear is associated with great strength, power, healing and self-knowledge. It's the great protector, the "sacred bear". It's a spiritual guide and is believed to carry supernatural powers. Bear is a powerful healing fetish. It also makes for a beautiful folk art necklace.
Excellent vintage condition. Circa 1960s.
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Zuni Carved Bear Fetish Necklace - Bone Onyx Coral Beads