Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface
Serpentine Turtle with Sunface

Serpentine Turtle with Sunface

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Darrin Boone carved this serpentine turtle and used a seashell for the shell and with a small piece on top of its head.  He engraved and blackened the eyes.  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: .675" H x 1.5" 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.