This small wooden carving of a bear by Cherokee artisan D. Smith was produced in the early 1990s. The surface of the wooden sculpture is very smooth to the touch, yet the facial details of the bear are exquisite. The artist’s signature has been etched into the belly of the bear.
From the Cherokee spiritual tradition, the bear teaches us about:
- Nurturance and maternal instinct and protection.
- Focusing on the practical side of life without distraction.
- Return to “the womb of Earth Mother” for rejuvenation and revitalization.
- Strength in the face of adversity.
- Discovery of healing medicine.
- Psychic experiences.
- Compassion and kindness.
This charming, small wood carving is in excellent vintage condition. No chips, dents, scratches or marks exist to detract to the piece’s overall beauty.
This carving would make for a great addition to one’s living room, library or office. And for those who collect art from the First Nations, this bear sculpture is a wonderful find.