Real Alabaster, Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Feathers.
Figurine measures approximately 2-5/8" tall, 1" wide and is 3-1/2" long (front to back).
There is nothing at all average about this beautiful figurine! This piece of Native American Pottery is Navajo hand crafted by artist Ben Livingston, out of real Alabaster, Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Feathers. The Alabaster stone is hand carved into an adorable Bear fetish. Inlaid Turquoise, Coral, and Jet create the Bear's eyes, along with a striking arrow design. Feathers, Turquoise, and Coral beads highlight for an amazing finish. In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". Arrows usually signify direction of travel, force, and movement.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of its appeal and beauty.
Corals are known to be very soothing and very protective. Coral is of an organic origin; it is the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.