Zuni Bear Fetish Copper, Gemstones & Feathers

Zuni Bear Fetish Copper, Gemstones & Feathers


Zuni Fetish Bear Figurines with Copper, Gemstones & Feathers

Native American Symbols, like the Zuni Bear symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture of groups in North America.

The Meaning of the Bear Symbol:  Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through symbols and signs such as this Zuni Bear symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs.  The Bear symbolizes the most powerful of animals who is believed to the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and to transform passions into true wisdom.

The Zuni Bear Symbol-Fetish has been used throughout history as an object of magical powers. Native Americans of the Zuni tribe believe if you place a small amount of corn meal under the nose of a Zuni Bear image when you leave your home will be protected while you are away.  Its strengths are therefore passed on to the owner.



Product Description

Zuni Fetish Bear Figurines with Copper, Gemstones & Feathers

Raku Process

Each Zuni Bear Fetish is fired in an outdoor kiln to 2000 degrees F. It is then pulled from the red hot oven and plunged into a sand pit with wood shavings. The red hot vessel causes the shavings to ignite.  After the flames reach their maximum height, I cover the inferno with a metal drum.  The unique manner in which the fire burns each time creates the unique splashing of colors from the copper glaze on the Raku art piece. The intense change in temperature from the red hot kiln to the outdoor atmosphere shocks the glaze, causing cracks.  The smoke penetrates any unpainted parts of the ceramic art, turning it black.  The black lines in the crackle are from the smoke penetrating the fissures in the transparent glaze.


No two Zuni Bear Fetishes are alike

These Zuni Bear fetishes are made by hand will have minor variations in size and shape.  Due to the varying conditions of the Raku process, each piece is unique.  No piece will look exactly like the picture from the catalog or website.  The colors in copper matte vary and may include: copper, blue, silver, gold, magenta, green and brown.  Despite efforts to create the most beautiful Raku finishes possible, occasionally some items will arrive with minor imperfections such as small scars, specks, cracks or pin holes in the glaze.  These imperfections are unavoidable in the Raku process and add to the character and uniqueness of the Raku art piece.  Copper in the matte Raku glaze may react over time in the atmosphere and could slowly turn green. To best preserve the finish of the Zuni Bear Fetish, Raku pieces with copper based glazes should be kept in a dry environment and out of direct sunlight.

Additional Information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 8 x 8 x 8 in



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