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Stewart Quandelacy's bears have almost become the classic Zuni fetish. His artistry descends through his mother Ellen Quandelacy (d), who learned the art of fetish carving from her father Johnny Quam (d), who in turn taught her children.
Carved from a striking marble or zebra marble, Stewart's Medicine-bear (or Bear) has turquoise inlaid eyes and an alternating heartline. Zuni bear fetishes with a distinct arched back resemble an entrance to a cave or other resting place. These bears have another medicine in addition to the traditional ones. Bears generally hibernate in the same cave every year and this annual process is a return for restoration. About 2" long, 1/2" wide and 2" tall.
Frankie Poblano Chattin
A jovial Bear smiles wide through an incised mouth, while turquoise inlaid eyes show a sweetness. Carved from lapis lazuli by Frankie Poblano Chattin, he attached a truly exquisite offering bundle composed of beads like black coral, turquoise, natural branch red coral, spiny oyster shell, quartz crystal and a faceted Danburite crystal. Said to enhance mental acuity and aide in a positive connection between one's mind and heart, Danburite is a highly vibrational mineral. It was first verified in 1839 by Charles Shepard in Danbury, Connecticut. Nowadays, Danburite is found in other locales around the world.
The matrix portion of this lapis lazuli shows off this approximate 3 1/2" long, 2" wide and 2 1/4" tall bear's backside in an adorable way. Frankie Poblano Chattin comes from the greater Teddy Weahkee (d) family of Zuni artists. His parents are well-known jewelers and carvers Jovanna Poblano and Daniel Chattin.
Bryson Bobelu hasn't carved a large Bear like this since 1997, which was when he last made larger pieces. It's been carved from Zuni travertine, a stone indigenous to the Zuni Pueblo area. Bryson is a great carver with a colorful family lineage. His mother is jeweler Laurenda Bobelu, who is from the greater Leekya Deyuse (d) family of artists. Bryson's father is Edison Bobelu Sr., who is from the noted Saul Yuselew (d) family. Bryson's brother is carver Edison Bobelu Jr.
A gorgeous Picasso marble point has been overlaid with mother-of-pearl, pink mussel shell and turquoise, an unusual offering bundle. Turquoise eyes and one paw slightly raised tell us this wonderful bruin is on a journey. About 5" long, 2 3/4" wide and 2 3/4" tall.
This beautifully carved Bear would be a welcome addition to, or beginning of, any collection! With an offering of gold lip shell and abalone points and engaging eyes of inlaid turquoise, it measures about 3" long and 2 3/8" tall. A Medicine-bear comes our way to bring reminders of the value of going within, as a bear hibernates and restores itself. The high arch of the back resembles the cave entrance, a place of hibernation.
Delvin's grandfather was renowned Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse (d). Leekya has been the family's surname for quite a while because Leekya had asked his children to use his first name as their last name, when they started school. Apparently there were a lot of people named Deyuse back then. Delvin and his brothers Freddie and Hayes, continue in their grandfather's carving legacy.
Like a charming Bear from a fairytale is award-winning artist Rickson Kallestewa's alabaster creation. A single melon shell seed offering bundle is attached to this approximate 3 1/2" long, 1" wide and 2 1/4" tall original carving. Endearing eyes, nostrils, a mouth, plus paw and claw details are etched and darkened with jet paste. Resting between this loving bear's paws is another offering, perhaps a honey jar.
Rickson enjoys carving in alabaster because of its medium hardness and the variety of gorgeous colors it comes in. He learned the art many years ago by watching his brother-in-law Darrell Westika. We're honored Rickson is our current Artist Spotlight guest. No one else carves the way he does.
Rickson Kallestewa's carvings are whimsical, different and simply fabulous! He offers us this alabaster Bear holding an offering jar, featuring rain clouds and flute players, between the front paws. Rickson has honored the spirit of this bear with the gift of a precious melon seed tied to its back. This delightful bear has jet inlaid eyes with facial and claw details darkened with jet. The reddish brown decorations on the jar are darkened using pipestone paste. About 2 1/2" long, 1 1/4" wide, and 2 1/4" tall.
Bart Gasper, Jr.
Incised to the maximum degree for lush fur-effect, then burnt-out for even more textural appeal, is Bart Gasper Jr.'s incredible cottonwood Bear. Various sizes of crushed turquoise pieces are overlaid on either side of this bear, as heartlines. Its eyes are carved and painted. A segment of natural branch red coral is suggestive of a freshly caught fish or other treat, in the mouth of this approximate 3 3/4" long, 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall fetish.
Emerging from a strong Bear (or Medicine-bear) are Corn-maidens all carved from a lovely, matrix-rich green turquoise, cleanly presented on a base of jet. Airy incised Dragonfly friends, along with etched fanciful flowers inlaid with turquoise, decorate this approximate 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide and 3/4" deep reversible work that represents strength and unity. The soothing Corn maiden's faces are incised and darkened with jet paste, while the powerful bear's eyes are inlaid with turquoise. One side shows corn maiden's incised shawl flaps open in a beautiful manner. Chad Quandelacy's parents are renowned Zuni carvers Stewart Quandelacy and Priscilla Lasiloo.
Troy Sice's extraordinary 9-piece Nativity set is composed of baby Jesus and his little hay bed, Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, a shepherd and an angel. Each Bear is masterfully carved of antler, have eyes of inlaid pen shell, and burnt out nose, tail and ear details. Each adult bear wears an inlaid necklace of red coral and some feature an eye-catching pink coral cabochon.
Baby bear Jesus is about 1 5/8" long and 3/4" wide, while the incised hay bed is about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2". This sweet little one's claws are inlaid with slivers of jet, while its paw pads are inlaid with pen shell.
Mary and Joseph are both kneeling with their pen shell paw pads showing. Mary's unique shawl represents the heavens and is inlaid with materials like pink coral, turquoise, abalone, coral, lapis, mother-of-pearl, serpentine and malachite. Joseph's shawl is inlaid with geometric designs of turquoise, coral, serpentine, pen shell, malachite, pipestone, lapis, jet and serpentine paste. Mary is about 2 3/4" tall, 1 1/8" wide and 1 1/4" deep. Joseph is approximately 2 3/4" tall, 1" wide and 1 1/2" deep.
Each of three wise men stand at about 3 1/2" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 3/8" deep and they wear shawls that showcase luscious inlaid materials like malachite, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, jet, spiny oyster shell, lapis, pink coral, serpentine, gold lip shell, and serpentine paste . A top each of their heads is a carved gold lip shell feather and silver accent.
Raising a sterling silver staff in celebration, the shepherd is about 4" tall, 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" deep. His shawl is also inlaid with colorful materials like coral, pen shell, spiny oyster shell, abalone, lapis, turquoise, serpentine, pink coral, malachite, lapis, pipestone and serpentine paste. Dragonfly friends are seen on both the shepherd and angel's shawls. With ethereal wings of incised gold lip shell, the heartfelt angel stands about 3 3/8" tall, 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" deep and is inlaid with pink mussel shell, turquoise, abalone, jet, variscite, spiny oyster shell, pipestone, lapis, and both serpentine and lapis paste.
A very collectible, museum-quality Nativity scene, this set will be a cherished one for many, many seasons to come. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Troy Sice's antler Bear is full of character and stands either giving directions or doing his best disco move. The burnished detailing on the tail, ears and a super-cute nose give this creature a delightful personality. The expressive pen shell eyes and inlaid necklace, of 22k gold, lapis, malachite and coral, brings this bear to life. The collectable carving measures about 2 1/2" tall, 2" wide by 1" deep.
Eddington Hannaweeke's charming Bear is carved of one rich specimen of Picasso marble. This red coral-eyed playful creature stands at about 1 1/2" tall, 7/8" wide and 7/8" deep. It wears a jersey incised with '66' so perhaps this is a sporty bear or a guitar-playing bear, we love it.