Shoshone beaded umbilical turtle fetish

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Shoshone Indian beaded umbilical fetish


This is an older Native American Indian beadwork fetish.  I’m not sure what creature he is, he feels turtle-ish to me.  A friend purchased this the 1960s on the Shoshone Bannock reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho.   The body is stitched on leather and the legs and tail are glass trade beads and shells.  The body is 4 1/2″ x 2 1/4.”  There is a seam on his tummy and I believe it is stitched with commercial “sinew.”  At least 60 years old, he was probably made for sale.

Weight 295.00 oz
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