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.