Deming Serpentine Medicine Bear

By Melvin Eriacho

Animal: Bear, Material: Serpentine
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Zuni Pueblo Bear carvings with an arched back resemble an entrance to a cave or den. In nature, bears generally return to the same place every year to restore themselves through hibernation or torpor. These bears are called Medicine-bears. They are regarded to have additional animal medicine setting a special example for us to respect our bodies and minds, to take care of ourselves and heal regularly, even spiritually. Melvin Eriacho's incredible Deming serpentine Medicine Bear has investigative eyes from turquoise and a gift offering consisting of a carved gold lip shell point with branch red coral and turquoise beads. About 4" long, 1 1/4" wide and 2 3/4" tall.

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