Bear Figurine Spirit Stone Carved Animal
This smaller hand carved Spirit Stone gemstone bear figurine is 3.4 inches long by 2.4 inches tall and .8 inch wide.
Beautiful Spirit Stone (aka Yavapai Travertine) comes from near Mayer, Arizona.
This is called Spirit Stone by the Navajos because they believe history is told in its layers.
Travertine is formed near hot springs. When the pressure which forced the water to the surface is released, the water evaporates and the calcium carbonate settles, forming the mineral Aragonite. As water seeps through, the mineral grows stronger and more durable and the rock becomes Travertine.
The bear is the symbol of maternal protection, as well as strength, courage, power and honor. A bear fetish is believed to lighten emotional burdens. Many civilizations have myths regarding bears, from the Greeks and the Celts to the Ainu of northern Japan and the tribes of North America.
This is carved in the shape of the traditional Zuni fetish bear, but it was not carved by a Zuni artist.