“When All Else Fails, Look For Turtles.”

Deciphering the imagery on older molas can be a challenge. One design element could be interpreted as a flower, a leaf, a star, an anchor, a ship’s steering wheel…or a turtle. A good friend and member of the Kuna Art Society once opined, “When all else fails, look for turtles.” Good advice.

Here we present a number of “Yauk” or turtle design molas from a variety of time periods. And yes, some of them might be abstract designs or steering wheels — let us know what you think.

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