WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT IT. This is a rare example of an exceptionally beautifully carved bear fetish necklace, carved of coral, strung on heishi made of turquoise primarily but there are three coral heishi beads in the front. The color contrast is wonderful and the quality is wonderful too. The findings are all sterling silver, with classic hook and eye closure. This necklace is stunning alone or mixed with others.
There was a repair to a bear but I personally can't find it. Length end to end 23. Materials, natural coral, natural turquoise, sterling silver. Bear lengths vary from 3/8" to 5/8", each of the 24 is different, individually carved. Artist unknown, tribe probably Zuni.
Striking and beautiful bear fetish necklace. Bear fetishes represent healing and are thought to have curative powers. He is the elder brother to the badger and assumes the western direction in a protective directional set. This necklace seems to be a unique example of a use of coral and turquoise in heishi along with the carved coral bears. Be sure to add me to your favorites list.
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The item "Zuni Natural Carved Coral Bear Fetish and Turquoise & Coral Heishi Necklace 23L" is in sale since Sunday, December 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry". The seller is "aaplover" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Oman, Reunion, Uruguay.