Daughter of the renowned Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse, this fine artist learned to carve by helping her father. Now elderly herself, she has continued carving in her father’s style, maintaining tradition. This appealing bear is our latest acquisition of hers.His head is raised, eying a source of honey, perhaps. With a rounded form and sketchily suggested legs, this bear is cute and cuddly. But – don’t forget that the bear is a protective guardian and a famously successful hunter and top-of-the- food-chain powerful. So, cute or not, this bear brings you all his powers of skill and protection. The turquoise from which he is carved is stabilized, for carving, and a beautiful blue.Along with its protective and esthetic qualities, this bear represents a link to the past, since the carver is the last surviving child of the most famous of all Zuni carvers, and likely the oldest working carver in Zuni, today.
Width: 1 5/8″ Height: 1 1/8″ Depth: 1/2″