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South Dakota Alabaster Medicine Bear by Melvin Sandoval - Zuni Fetish Sunshine Studio

Melvin Sandoval

South Dakota Alabaster Medicine Bear by Melvin Sandoval

$ 165.00

A muted purplish gray, magenta and cream colored South Dakota alabaster medicine bear carved by Melvin Sandoval and delivered to Sunshine in July of 2022. Melvin has added a lovely offering bundle to the bear's left side with sinew featuring an outstanding marble arrowhead with one square shaped abalone bead surrounded by pen and melon shell heishi. The medicine bear shape is thought to resemble a cave opening - depicting a bear coming out of hibernation & the pose is the bear sniffing the ground for healing herbs. The Zuni believe the bear is endowed with curative powers, strength, adaptability & courage - powers that can influence both the spiritual & physical realm.
Artist: Melvin Sandoval (signed)
Size: 2-5/8 in. long x 1 in. wide x 1-7/8 in. tall

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