Domed Shell Tortoise

By Delvin Leekya

Animal: Turtle, Material: Zuni Travertine
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Indigenous Zuni travertine has been sculpted into a domed shell Turtle or tortoise. Nice eyes are from turquoise. A spectacular carapace is loaded with dotted inlays from turquoise and finished off with a bolder turquoise inlay at the crown. In Zuni Pueblo, turtle shells are prized for making rattles used by the Rain Dancers. About 2 1/4" long, 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" tall, by Delvin Leekya.

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