This multicolored bear is covered with sacred symbols. The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the surface of the carved wooden bear with a beeswax mixture called campeche. The beads are then applied one by one using a needle. The vision of the artist comes to life as the beads are applied. The beading is perfect with every bead in place. This can easily be seen by hovering over each image where it will expand, showing the incredible detail of this art. Smaller size 15 beads are used instead of larger size 11. The level of skill and artistry required to use these beads is amazing.
It is 5″ in length and 2 1/4″ wide and 3″ tall.
Seen in real life this bear comes to life and is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world. The Gods Eye represents the watchful eye of God over the people. The peyote symbolizes life, sustenance, health, success, good luck, and shamanic powers. The deer heads, laying as a row on the bear’s side, represent Kauyumari, who leads the shamans on their visionary pathways and teaches them how to gain their special knowledge. The scorpion on the left side of the face is a protector of the peyote.
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