Turtle fetish by Jayne Quam, pink marble with inlay
Zuni fetish turtle, made of pink marble, with inlay turquoise, shell, lapis, and other stones on its back, and inlay turquoise eyes. The white lines on the back of the turtle are made from seashells cut into cross sections. It is just under 1/2" tall, 1 7/8" long and 1 3/8" wide. This fetish was handmade by Zuni artist Jayne Quam, and signed on the bottom.
Turtles represent longevity, are a rain-bringing fetish, and serve as links to the Zuni ancestors.