Meenakari Turtle (MA1002)
Meenakari is the art of coloring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colors in intricate designs.
The Meenakars engrave the surface of the metal with intricate designs using a metal stylus which is then filled in with colors. The Meena is then placed in a furnace where the colors fuse and harden to become one with the surface. Thereafter the piece is then gently rubbed with a file and cleaned with a mixture of lemon and tamarind that helps to highlight the luster of each color.
Turtle in Native American culture represents Mother Earth. It signifies good health and long life.