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ho2cultcha's loves900 of 1862813" Lion Head VaseLate 19th c / early 20th c Advertising Lion for Northwest Tile Co., Chicago, IL
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    Posted 4 months ago

    ho2cultcha
    (3813 items)

    This is very symbolic for me. Many years ago, i had an encounter with a bear while hiking with my dog - up on Zuni Mountain in New Mexico. And i've been looking for an interesting Zuni fetish and this one sure is interesting! A hunchback bear - made from carved stone with inlaid eyes - i think MOP, but not certain. It's signed 'ZUNI' on one foot and something like 'B. Mattu' on the other. I'm pretty awful at deciphering signatures though...

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Great bear, love those all seeing eyes! Signature on one foot looks like B Mattic or Mattia, very talented sculptor
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      I figured out the signature. it belongs to Bernadette Lateyice Hattie, Zuni Pueblo.
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      correction, it's her son Brion Hattie.
    4. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 4 months ago
      Really nice little figurine- I especially love the eyes, I can imagine him looming out of the darkness of a cave on a mountain ledge in the dawning spring
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 months ago
      I was going to let you know that I figured out who did this Bear, but I see that You figured it out too Pete! :^D Here's the link to the ebay post anyway:

      https://www.etsy.com/in-en/listing/575914397/zuni-fetish-large-black-bear-carving

      Thanks for showing Pete! :^)
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      thank you Bill!

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