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"Goldie"
Danette Laate, Zuni - Turtle Fetish

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Authentic Native American Indian turtle fetish carving by Zuni artist Danette Laate

materials
mother of pearl, turquoise, jet, coral, Read about stones
length
1 1/2"
width
1/8"
height
3/8"
hallmarks
inscribed: DL
artist
Danette Laate, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksDanette Laate's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Authentic Native American Indian turtle fetish carving by Zuni artist Danette Laate

Authentic Native American Indian turtle fetish carving by Zuni artist Danette Laate

Eyes and power spots of inlaid turquoise.

"Goldie"
Danette Laate, Zuni

Turtle Fetish Carving

F394 - $60 plus s/h
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Authentic Native American Indian turtle fetish carving by Zuni artist Danette Laate

Authentic Native American Indian turtle fetish carving by Zuni artist Danette Laate

Sunface of inlaid turquoise, coral and jet.

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

TURTLE

Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself snd others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.

About Sunface Symbolism

The Sunface is found throughout Zuni art, from jewelry to weavings to pottery. It represents the sunlight and warmth that makes life and growth possible and brings playfulness and joy to children and good fortune and prosperity to families. The center of the circle represents the face of Sun. The two sections of the forehead are typically turquoise and coral and symbolize the continuous cycle of sunrise and sunset. The lower part of the Sunface is mother of pearl with rectangular eyes and round mouth of jet. Bordering the face is a circle of feathers, usually of mother of pearl and jet or coral.

Is it Mother of Pearl or Abalone?

Mother of pearl, also known as nacre, is the outer coating of pearls and is also a protective layer that forms the lining of some mollusks including abalone. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent, which means that it changes color as the angle of view or the angle of light changes. Mother of pearl from most mollusks has a milky white or silver appearance, whereas mother of pearl from abalone has dark rainbow hues. Read more . . .

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