Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Large Polychrome Turtle Figure (1970s)
This large turtle Margaret and Luther Gutierrez has been carved on its back (shell). Each of the carved squares on the back is then painted with a different design. They are various insects and birds and small human figures on the side. It creates a wonderful array of imagery and there is certainly a whimsical sense to their work with the face of the turtle! While we see their turtles it is not often that we come across one so large. Typically Margaret would have made the piece and Luther, her brother, would have painted it. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.