Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle
Curious Turtle

Curious Turtle

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The way this turtle's head is poking out we are sure it is curious about something!  And, we think it must like what it sees because it has a sweet smile on its face. It was made by Todd Etsate from a lovely piece of Picasso marble, and eyes are inlaid bright blue turquoise.  It has nine tiny dots inlaid on the shell which also has detailed lines, as well as the feet and tail which are also detailed. 

Size: .675" H x 2.5" L x 1.75" 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.