The turtle is a very traditional animal for Huichol artists. The turtle assists the rain goddess and protects the purity of all water. It is also responsible for the replenishing of underground springs.
The turtles are covered with beautiful peyote symbols and gold deer heads. The whole piece is tastefully embellished with gold beads. The piece is 4 inches in length and 3 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the surface of the ceramic form with a beeswax mixture called campeche. The beads are then applied one by one using a needle. The vision of the artist comes to life as the beads are applied. The beading is perfect with every bead in place. This can easily be seen by hovering over each image where it will expand, showing the incredible detail of this art. Because smaller size 15 beads are used instead of the more available larger size 11, greater skill and artistry is required. The quality of the beading is unsurpassed!
Seen in real life this turtle comes to life and is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
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