Here is a stunning bear fetish is hand-carved from Honey Onyx by Zuni artist Michael Mahooty. The beautiful light color of the bear is contrasted wonderfully with the dark prayer bundle creating a nice, yin-yang balance. The intricately inlaid Turquoise eyes add a pop of color.
The bear fetish is a protective and healing fetish. Though all bear fetishes have healing properties, a white bear fetish is especially powerful.
Michael Mahooty comes from a long line of esteemed Zuni fetish carvers. His style is simplistic and his focus tends to be on accentuating the animal which is already in the stone itself.