Zuni Double Serpentine Turtle Fetish- Ron Laahty (#04)

Zuni Double Serpentine Turtle Fetish by Ron Laahty
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Zuni Double Serpentine Turtle Fetish- Ron Laahty (#04)


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Zuni Fetish
Double Serpentine Turtle
Fetish Set with Jet and
Mother of Pearl Eyes
2 5/8" tall x 1 5/8" wide 

Turtles are water symbols to the Native people of the Colorado Plateau.  In this carving, master artist Ricky Laahty has put his skills to work and created a stack of water creatures.  Always on the lookout for special stones, Ricky has used a deep green serpentine to craft this marine marvel.  Yertle the Turtle King has nothing on this seafaring duo.

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Precious Stones
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Zuni Fetishes

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