This bear is striking in red, silver and black. There are gorgeous suns on each side. 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 clicking on 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 symbols on this piece are sun, corn, lizard, deer, sacred candles and peyote. The peyote symbolizes life, sustenance, health, success, good luck, and shamanic powers. Information is included on all the symbols.
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