|6 × 4 × 6 in
This gourd has a turtle painted on one side with jet eyes and a circle of Mimbres style corrugated material for his shell accented with a turquoise stone. The turtle represents longevity.
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This gourd has a turtle painted on one side with jet eyes and a circle of Mimbres style corrugated material for his shell accented with a turquoise stone. A beautiful gourd pot by Robert. The turtle represents longevity, and it is believed by some Native Americans that we are living on the back of a turtle. A symbol of the Earth carrying us.
4 in. tall x 5 in. dia.
Consider also the Story Teller Turtle:
These figures are one-of-a-kind handbuilt Native American sculptures called Pueblo storytellers. Extremely talented Native American artisans create each storyteller with attention to every detail. Our Native American handbuilt storytellers are sought by collectors all over the world.
The storyteller is an adaptation of centuries-old creations in figurine pottery. In tribes with no written language, cultural traditions and values historically have been passed down by tribal elders through songs and stories geared to teaching the young. This is not a gender-based job; in fact, it is a high honor to be a “storyteller” in the Pueblo. The storyteller is tasked with the responsibility of passing on personal, religious and cultural history to each child in the Pueblo, preserving history for future generations and ensuring continuity with the past. Storytellers are the guardians of the stories of their ancestors. These sculptures show the storyteller singing the stories and, in many cases, the little ones seem to be paying little attention. It is in these delightful representations that the intense love of the Native American Indians for their children is clearly shown.
Storytellers are one example of contemporary handbuilt Pueblo pottery. Creating them is an art and a spiritual undertaking in which the gathering of local clay and native plants and minerals used for painting are meaningful and sacred events. Built, smoothed and shaped by hand, polished with a stone, fired in an outdoor self-consuming kiln, and decorated with ancient designs are all pieces of the crafter’s journey. The storyteller tells the story.