Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle
Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle
Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle
Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle
Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle

Happy Lemon Serpentine Turtle

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This happy lemon serpentine turtle by Kelly Lementino has a big smile on its face!  It has inlaid turquoise eyes, and a circle of inlaid turquoise on its shell with a central dot.  The toes are detailed and it almost looks like it is standing on its tippy-toes!

Size: 1.125" H x 1.25" L x 1.125" 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.