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amulet or bag in the shape of a turtle
  • Plains peoples
  • amulet or bag in the shape of a turtle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 20.5 x 9 cm width taken at widest part of body
    Object Length/Width: 8 1/16 x 3 1/2 in width taken at widest part of body
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1425
Description

The sealed buckskin pouch is in the shape of a turtle. The buckskin strips are sewn in place of legs. The top of the amulet is beaded: the head is light blue, the border and midline of the shell and tail are multi-colored (with an overall blue/green appearance), and the space between the edge and midline of the shell are dark yellow.