Turtles are earth and water symbols and appear frequently in Pre-Columbian art from Central America, including the Coclé culture in Panama. Their goldsmiths were fascinated by the lost-wax casting process. Due to their long lives, turtles were often used in creation stories regarding the origin of the Earth, and symbolize good health and longevity. Turtles and other amulets were often worn as protection against hostile forces or made as offerings to appease their gods.
Materials: pewter with gold finish, green agate cabochon, snake chain included, lobster claw closure
Chain Length: 18"
Turtle: 38mm long, 27mm wide
From the collections of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library