Pipestone Turtle Effigy
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Sculpture: Pre 1970: Item # 1055883
Territorial Indian Arts
7077 E. Main St. #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Sale price $175.00
Lovely red pipestone is carved in the likeness of a turtle by Chippewa Indian artist Winona Bryan from Pipestone, Minnesota.
The turtle symbolizes female and long life. This is true throughout the lore of the American Indian.
Pipestone is sacred and the deposit in Minnesota is owned by the Chippewa.
Our turtle is beautifully carved from a solid piece that weighs one and a half pounds! 4 1/2" across from foot to foot, 6" from nose to tail and 1 3/4" to nose.
Signed Winona, attributed to Winona Bryan by the original owner, purchased in the 1960s. Fine original condition.
Buyer pays $15.00 for shipping and insurance.
From an astute observer: I know Winona's family. She married a Chippewa man (George Bryan), but she (now deceased) was Dakota (Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe). Her maiden name was Derby. She is a descendent of Moses and Estella Crow. The Pipestone quarry is controlled by the Dakota people.