Marble bear fetish carving by Gibbs Othole (Zuni)
Gibbs Othole originally worked as a jeweler before turning to carving in the late 1980's. He works in an expressionistic style that has greatly influenced his extended family of fellow carvers, including the late Jeff Tsalabutie, Dee Edaakie and Albert Eustace.
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 2 1/2" long x 1" wide