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The Boone family of carvers have exceptional taste in stones and this hefty turtle is made from septarian nodule.
Septarian is a very unique stone found in only a few places on earth. In the USA septarians are found near Zion National Park in Southern
Utah. They are also found in Mahajanga in Madagascar and Morocco. They were formed in an ancient sea floors during the Cretaceous
Period 50-70 million years ago. As they weathered out of the gray or tan clay hills one at a time, they could be picked up on the surface.
Now bulldozers are required for their excavation which usually 20 to 30 feet underground. Septarian nodules are unusual to look at and
can vary considerably in color and shape. In contrast to most geodes which are volcanic in nature, septarians are a form of sedimentary
geode. They formed on sea beds millions of years ago and when they dried out they cracked and formed hollowinteriors. The interiors
usually become either partly or completely full with other minerals, such as calcite, giving septarian its unusual texture and features.
Volcanic eruptions killed the sea life and they became trapped in the sediment and formed mud balls then the ocean receded and the
balls were left to dry and crack. The ocean returned depositing more shell life above them. As this decomposed calcite from shells was
carried down into the cracks of the mud balls and calcite crystals formed. A thin wall of calcite was transformed into aragonite dividing
the bentonite shale clay exteriors from the calcite centers. Septarian is also known as Dragon Stone and the name comes from an old
Malagasy legend. It is said that when the dragons died out they fossilized & became part of the sea bed that later became septarian
and it is this formation that resembles the scales of dragons!
The eyes of this turtle are inlaid of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and the fetish is unsigned which is more often than not
typical of carver and family. All-in-all this is a great carving for your pond!
If you would like to read more about the Turtle's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "Turtle" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Zuni Carver: Leland Boone
Material: Septarian Nodule
Dimensions: 2 3/4"L x 7/8"T x 1 5/8"W
Shipping costs: $ 10.00 + depending on your location
Plus state sales tax to Texas residents!
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