Handcrafted by Jemez Pueblo artist Ryan Panana this exquisite limestone carving captures the strength and elegance of the bear. With the symbolic heartline through the center and arrowhead adorned with parrot feathers tied upon his back, this meaningful sculpture is an elegant and meaningful work of art.
Bears are highly respected by Pueblo people, and often seen as a symbol of strength. In Native American culture, each of the six directions—north, south, east, west, above, and below—are guarded by an animal, and the bear is the guardian of the west. In Native American culture, bears often represent strength, courage, and self-knowledge.
Sculpture measures 9-3/8" long and 3-1/2" wide, stands 7-1/2" tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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