I believe it to be Zuni made but do not have an artist's name, there are slight differences in the carvings of each turtle. The necklace has 3 staggered in length strands with brown and white natural heishi, branch coral,and turquoise nuggets spaced between 54 mother of pearl turtles. The necklace closes with sterling cones lightly tarnished and a hook. Stringing is strong and tight and the total drop from neck hook is 14". Overall length when unhooked is 29". The necklace wears comfortably and hangs beautifully, the overall weight is 5oz. The turtle in Native American lore is a sacred figure that represents Mother Earth.
If you have a turtle or tortoise fetish you may wonder what it represents or why it is significant. What is the Turtle Zuni Fetish Meaning? The turtle is the oldest symbol of Mother Earth and represents longevity and is used for healing. Some believe that the possession of a turtle fetish allows one to defy death. He also represents water, which in the high dessert climate of Zuni is a precious commodity.
This turtle Zuni fetish was carved by Narren Bowannie. The bottom is signed NB. All offers are welcome and will be considered. Just use the make an offer tab below the buy it now price.