Origin: New Mexico Pueblo
Date: 19th Century
Dimensions: 1.75″ long, 1.2″ tall, .25″ wide
Description: This bear (most likely) is made out of a very hard green stone, perhaps a jasper agate, or serpentine. The construction marks can be seen on the surface. The patina shows great use with a highly polished and smoothed out surface. The form of the bear has a strong sense of movement, as if it is running and its body is formed for streamlining. The striations within the stone results with one side highly variable with lighter shades of green, where as the other side is a very dark green. This adds a sense of mystery and intrigue for me, like having two, distinct personalities. This bear does not stand up on its own.
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Condition: Condition is original with no restoration.
Provenance: From a private collection in Corral Gables, FL.