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amulet in the shape of a turtle
  • Plains peoples
  • amulet in the shape of a turtle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, tin, porcupine quill, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 17.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 7/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1427

The buckskin amulet is in the shape of a turtle. There are tinklers on the tail and legs. The top of the turtle is beaded in pink and dark green blocks around the perimeter and down the midline. His head is pink. The negative space on the shell is a darker pink, with yellow open crosses with dark blue centers. There is one red quill on the back left leg. There are yellow beads around the seam.