TURTLE-EFFIGY RATTLE/POT, SACRED ANAZAZI PAINTED POTTERY, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO. An astonishingly RARE, open-mouthed, turtle-effigy rattle/ pot from the Four-Corners region of Colorado. Collected on a private ranch in the late 1800s, not far from the San Juan River this piece has maintained its remarkable, though faded colors of browns and tan.Some abrasion streaks, fire-stains are as well. Or CRACKS on this prehistoric piece. The open mouth allowed tiny seeds to be poured into this remarkable artifact. It would then be plugged and used in a variety of ceremonial events where it would be moved quickly to hear the shake/rattle. For the Anazazi and their descendants turtles were sacred.
Healing, good health and wisdom were hallmark powers of this animal. Native American legend has it that if a turtle appears when you or a family member is sick, you can assume that healing is on its way. The pottery-shell rattle was a way to summon the turtle to help in sacred healing ceremonies. This artifact has a geometric design of squares with dots within going across the shell. The perimeter of this fired clay artifact is notched.Its been suggested that turtle rattle/pot designs had some association with the lunar cycle. In other words, a lot more may be going on with this very rare turtle rattle than we think. There may be mystical symbolism tied into the Cosmos with this exciting piece.
The spiritual integrity of this remarkable artifact--and all it represented to the ancient Anazazi--remains intact. (Due to the extreme rarity of this artifact, it will be purposefully DOUBLE-BOXED to prevent breakage). The item "TURTLE-EFFIGY RATTLE/POT, SACRED ANAZAZI PAINTED POTTERY, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO" is in sale since Thursday, June 23, 2016.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado.
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