zf000692Regular price $125.00 Save $-125.00
Navajo carver, Jayne Quam, carved this turtle with a night sky on its back from raspberry serpentine, with inlaid turquoise eyes. The mosaic inlay on the back has azurite and chrysocolla as the night sky, with a Mexican onyx moon, an orange spiny oyster star and a jasper star, shell shooting stars, and radiating stones that include turquoise, red spiny oyster shell, azurite, and various jaspers. Wow!
Size: .375" H x 2.25" L x 1.875" 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.