This hand-blown glass bear from Ohkay Owingeh artist, Robert "Spooner" Marcus is an extraordinary example of his skill and talent when working with glass and a unique take on a traditional symbol in Native American culture, the bear.
In Zuni 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. The Zuni people believe they are spiritual guides and healers, and carved bear fetishes are seen as a powerful healing tool, offering protection to their keeper.
This glass bear is an opportunity to add an amazing symbol to your home by an artist that is impacting today's Native American art community.
Bear measures 4-3/4" long by 2-5/8" wide and stands 4-1/2" tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.