Strong Bear With Heartlines

By Lynn Quam

Animal: Bear, Material: Picasso Marble
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Lynn Quam descends from the greater Johnny Quam (d) and Westika family of Zuni artists. His siblings include carvers Rhoda Quam (d), Pernell Gasper (d) and jeweler Nancy Westika. Their mother was noted jeweler Annie Gasper Quam (d), who also learned to make fetishes from her father Johnny Quam (d).

Lynn's turquoise-eyed Bear exudes strength and has a lovely inlaid heartline on both sides. The heartline represents the breath path from the mouth area to the heart of an animal. We're loving Lynn's use of this Picasso marble, highlighting a tail with the darker portion of the stone, a sweet touch. About 3 3/4" long, 1 1/4" wide and 1 1/2" tall.