This charming vintage pottery turtle canteen was made by Acoma potter Ethel Shields (1938-2021), of the Yellow Corn Clan, who was the granddaughter of Josephita and Joe A. Sandoval and daughter or Toribio and Dolores S. Sanchez. She attended Albuquerque Indian School and learned pottery making from her mother. In the later years of her career, she was famous for her Nativity sets, but she began making traditional pottery, such as revival jars, bowls, storytellers, figures, and effigy canteens such as this bird. It is all handmade and the polychrome paint is what adds so much of the charm, with the ochre and brown-black star design on the turtle's back, as well as the designs on head and feet. There are two "eyes" that come out at the turtle's shoulder's, which would have twine or leather for hanging. I have genuine leather "twine" if you'd like for me to add to the piece so you can hang it on the wall. Otherwise it is also great to display in a shadowbox or small table or shelf. The surface is smooth and has a beautiful patina. Perfect for the nature lover in your life.
The turtle is small at about 3-1/2" wide by 4" long and about 1-5/8" deep. The paint has a couple of spots where the color has rubbed off from wear. Otherwise in good condition.
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