This is a large and VERY old turtle totem. It was purchased at an estate sale from a lifetime collector. This turtle is of such a great age that it is not signed. It is carved from a deep gray/black igneous rock. This is a large bold totem that fits comfortably and heavy in the palm. Turtle totems are wonderful to give to friends who need to seek peace in their lives and be reminded to take a break.
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 desert climate of Zuni is a precious commodity.
Fetishes represent unique and very personal gifts, they are wonderful for the holidays, as congratulations for life changing events and more. All of our totems described as *micro* totems are guaranteed to fit on a quarter. Micro totems are considered harder to carve as there is much less space to capture the expressive nature of the animals they represent.
American Indians have used fetishes throughout history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from problems of mind or body. Some believe that their powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly related to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise covered fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated.
Ships with Certificate of Authenticity. Packaged in a natural recycled giftbox inside of shipping box.
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