In Hindu Mythology the universe and all of creation are churned out of the sea which rests on the back of a primordial turtle.
Polynesians refer to the tortoise as the primordial mother. The Chinese associate them with wisdom. To the ancient Greeks, Aztecs, Mayans and Incas, the turtle seems to be the foundation of the world. For the Iroquois, the Ojibway and the Lenape the whole of the earth rests on the turtle’s back.
We here at the Hauser Gallery are fond of our own little turtles…
No turtles were harmed in the creation of this post. More importantly no turtles were harmed in the creation of the artwork.
The pouches and bags are made by Sera a Mayan Mexican who obtains his animal parts from a consortium which provides material for artist from animals already dead.
The large bags are alligator snapping turtles available for $320-360. Medicine pouches for $150 at the Hauser Gallery.
(Those little guys are for sale as well…but Tommy the turtle is not for sale. We need him to open the gallery and drive our car).