For Pueblo people, turtles represent long life and also water, the source of life. This robust turtle looks very lively; the turquoise blue eyes are bright, and he is looking around with great interest.
The carver is a major award-winner, well-known for his various animal fetishes. They are noted for fine sculptural detail and interesting form, like this handsome fellow.
The carving on this turtle is deep and crisp; notice the fine detail of the head. The base is one piece with the turtle. Even the ricolite stone is turtle-ish, in its deep green hue.
A marvelous carving of an important fetish animal. Turtle collectors will love this!