Serpentine Zuni Turtle
Serpentine Zuni Turtle
Serpentine Zuni Turtle
Serpentine Zuni Turtle
Serpentine Zuni Turtle
Serpentine Zuni Turtle

Serpentine Zuni Turtle

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This banded green serpentine turtle was made by Zuni carver, Reynold Lunasee.  He carved a sweet little mouth, toes on the feet, and sections on the shell with inlaid turquoise in the sections with a red stone in the center.  Reynold also inlaid turquoise eyes. 

Size: .675" H x 2" L x 1.375" 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.