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Beaded very fat turtle on black leather keychain.
 

This is...hahahaha....an...roflmao... Original....chortle, snicker, guffaw... design...oh please... pardon me while I wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes...more giggles...anyhoos, an Original Design of a turtle.  I laugh so hard when I see this piece because it was one of my very first attempts at a turtle design, and when I was finished it was sooooooooo very ........um....hmmmmmmm.......what is the politically correct way to say "wide"???  So I decided that this particular turtle had to be expecting to lay eggs and would be thinner very soon, thus the name 'fertile turtle'.  I HAVE actually perfected the "turtle" design, but have been tickled by the fact that people do actually LIKE this wider version.  This piece is weaved in flat vertical peyote with size 15/0  glass Japanese  Hex beads and mounted on genuine cowhide leather. 

Dependent upon tribal heritage, and/or spiritual upbringing, the 'Turtle' can represent numerous things. Its shell is its shield. Its slow gait is intended as a warning not to rush anything, but to wait for the right moment. Its eggs hatch because of the sunlight, and the tortoise thus points out how important it is to let one's ideas ripen in seclusion before sharing them with everybody.  The tortoise also teaches one to stand with both feet firmly on the ground connected with the Earth, Furthermore, it shows how to protect one's feelings and to withdraw into oneself. If it feels it is under too much pressure, it may even snap at and bite the encroacher. Basically, the turtle represents the ancient wisdom held by Mother Earth.  It is often a symbol  of honor, wisdom, stability, protection, strength, female power, fertility, long life, perseverance, and often considered to be able to defy death.

Though this piece pictured here has sold, you can order one similar by contacting Sunshine for you custom order desires.

Item # KC480
$16.95
Currently appearing at the Millennium Art Co-op, e-mail Sunshine for availability.

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