Very compelling medicine bear fetish hand carved from a beautiful specimen of Denim Lapis with a turquoise inlaid heart line and eyes. Bears are associated with strength, introspection, self- knowledge, healing and the power of the soul. They are also thought to lighten emotional burdens. After Naval service in Vietnam, Stewart began carving regularly, starting with stringing fetishes and then progressing to standing fetishes. In the 1970s, he originated and subsequently became famous for his “medicine bears,” his highly stylized bear fetishes with it’s zigzag inlaid heartline. Stewart Quandelacy is one of the most recognized and collected Zuni fetish carvers of our time. He is most well known for his medicine bears with the zig-zag heartline. Stewart carves several other animals along with his wife, Priscilla Lasiloo, including long necked bears and mountain lions. This bear is 2″ wide and 1 1/8″ tall.