Catlinite and Shell Sea Turtle with Sunface
Catlinite and Shell Sea Turtle with Sunface
Catlinite and Shell Sea Turtle with Sunface
Catlinite and Shell Sea Turtle with Sunface

Catlinite and Shell Sea Turtle with Sunface

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Darrin Boone carved this catlinite sea turtle and used a seashell for the shell and on top of its head, kind of like a cute little hat.  He inlaid turquoise for eyes and carved a mouth.  The shell has carved segments with an inlaid sunface in the center made of turquoise, red spiny oyster shell and jet.  The feet have little toes, and it has the most adorable tiny tail!

Size: .5" H x 1.975" L x .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.