Heart-shaped Picasso Marble Turtle
Heart-shaped Picasso Marble Turtle
Heart-shaped Picasso Marble Turtle
Heart-shaped Picasso Marble Turtle

Heart-shaped Picasso Marble Turtle

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Well...almost a heart shape!  Zuni carver, Taylor Gia, carved this Picasso marble turtle and gave it inlaid turquoise eyes.  It also has green turquoise dots inlaid on the shell.  The toes are carved in the feet and the tail is also detailed.  The Picasso marble is also interesting with black lines running through the dark grey, and a little big of light brown peeking out on one side.

Size: .875" H x 2.25" L x 2" W

Turtles have their own homes on their backs which means that wherever they are, they are home.  They are associated with safety.  When attacked they retreat into their shells, although some turtles have strong enough mouths to snap a finger.  For most Native American nations in North America, turtles represent Mother Earth.  Every turtle shell has 13 sections on top which some Native Americans say represent the 13 moons of each year.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.