Zuni Seated Bear Treasure Necklace
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This necklace is not for the faint of heart or somebody with a weak neck!!!
Longest strand: 32.5" (83 cm)
Item #165 Lost in Fire
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|This necklace was designed around the wonderful old
Zuni fetish that forms the tassel. The tassel is removable, and the piece looks
beautiful whether the bear wants to be out and about or not. The bear is a
"museum de-acquisition" piece, thought to be old. He is smiling, probably
because someone petted him regularly (he has a worn spot on his neck where a
thumb fits perfectly). He has a very powerful presence. He seems at home with
turquoise, sterling and heishi. The bear is an extremely important symbol in
Native American spirituality. Often he carries the sense of introspection
because of its hibernation behavior and is placed in the west.
The counterweight makes the necklace comfortable to wear and looks gorgeous dangling down the back.
The necklace has 5 complete strands, and some that dangle loosely to the side. It is wonderful to wear, and makes a happy delicate sound when you move.
Some people are a little afraid to wear so many beads. You know what? Beads are joyful creatures! You really can't wear too many (in my opinion anyway)! This necklace provides a wonderful opportunity to play! Every time you look at it, you'll find new little treasures tucked away in it. Enjoy!!!
All designs © Mary Hicklin 2001-2004