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turtle figure
  • Luther Gutierrez, artist
    1911–1987, active 1935–1987
    born: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
    Margaret Gutierrez, artist
    born 1936
    born: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • turtle figure, mid 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 5 x 8 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 15/16 x 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4632

The ceramic turtle figure's mouth is open, revealing two teeth. He has painted eyes and red chevrons on top of his head. The figure is light brown overall with designs on his shell consisting of a red and white striped bug in the center, possibly with a wing, a red block with a white star, a bug with a red head and red dots on the body, a Kachina face with red on the eyes, white on the nose and between the eyes, a small bird with a red head and a blue body, an ear of red corn with a green husk, a four-legged animal with a red head and a green body, possibly a red face with a white feather, and a green frog.