This nine ounce medicine jar’s lid has been capped in 26 gauge Sterling silver and is crowned with a genuine Zuni turtle fetish carved by Lynn Quam (see below).
The turtle is carved from Azurite with red coral inlaid eyes. Azurite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral best known for its characteristic deep blue to violet-blue color. It has a hardness of 3.5 to 4.0 on the Mohs scale. It was called the Stone of Heaven by the ancient Chinese who believed it to open celestial gateways, and was revered by Greeks and Romans for its visionary insights and healing powers. For the Mayans, Azurite inspired the mystical self and facilitated the transfer of wisdom and knowledge via thought, while Native Americans used this sacred stone to contact their spiritual Indian guide, feel their presence, and understand the message. Azurite infuses intellectual logic with love, fostering compassion for oneself and others. Azurite can help dissolve energy blockages, communication blockages, as well as blockages to one’s progress. Azurite tempers the mind; it releases stress and confusion, and alleviates worry, indecision, and thoughts that linger in the back of the consciousness. It is a rubbing stone that releases its energies through touch.
The Sterling silver on the lid serves to enhance the energetic qualities of the stones around it, while strengthening the connection between the astral and physical planes.
To Native Americans, the turtle represents Mother Earth. They are the symbol of tenacity, protection, longevity, and fertility. The turtle is associated with self-reliance, non-violent defense, and being a skillful navigator through the obstacles of life.
Place your herbs, medicine, or keepsakes in the Native American Medicine Jar to infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies.
Lynn Quam is a well-known Zuni carver who prefers to do mostly buffalo or bison fetishes made from malachite, turquoise, wild horse marble, or Picasso marble. Lynn adorns his attractive buffalo with horns sometimes made of fossilized ivory and turquoise. Lynn’s mother, Annie Gasper Quam, was a well-known jeweler and fetish carver who died in 2001. His aunt, Ellen Quandalacey, was the matriarch of the well-known Quandalacey carving siblings. Lynn lives at Zuni Pueblo with his wife, Jayne Quam, who is a Navajo fetish carver.
Jar measures: 3 3/4″ tall (without fetish) x 3″ diameter.