Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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turtle figure
  • unknown Zuñi maker
  • turtle figure, 1900s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • stone, turquoise, shell, buckskin, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 5 x 5.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 15/16 x 2 1/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1913

The small light colored stone turtle has dark stone eyes, crooked nostrils, and a small slit for a mouth. A stone projectile point is lashed to the turtle with buckskin and string is holding a series of shell and turquoise beads over the top of the point.