Antler bear fetish carving by Troy Sice (Zuni)
Troy Sice is a third generation Zuni carver. He is the grandson of George Chee Chee and the nephew of Ramie and Miguel Haloo and half-brother to Colvin Peina. He creates contemporary carvings with traditional materials, especially antler, and intricately inlaid stone.
The bear is one of the 6 protective or healing animals and is the protector of the west. Bears are especially considered to have curative powers.
measurements: 1 3/4" tall x 1/2" long x 3/4" wide