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Stone Zuni animal figurine

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3079, Stone Zuni animal figurine, 20th century

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Zuni
Material: Stone & leather
Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.3 x 9.8 cm

Stone Zuni animal figurine wrapped in a thin leather brace with various amulets attached. The animal possibly represents the bear (protector of the west).   There are 2 smaller figures of animals (possibly also bears) at either side of the tooth-like stone.  

Prey gods were guardian animals of the different regions of the 'world'. The four prey gods are the lion (protects the north), the bear (protects the west), the red badger (protects the south) and the wolf (protects the east). There was also an eagle that protected the sky. Each prey god is the "guardian and master" of their region with the yellow mountain lion being the elder brother of all animals and the master and guardian of all regions. These guardians are considered as having protective and healing powers. It is thought that Freud's sculpture was a gift.

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