This amazing handcrafted mammoth ivory tusk depicting Turtle Swimming in the Swamp With Lotus Flowers all around them.
Turtles and tortoises are frequently depicted in popular culture as easygoing, patient, and wise creatures.
Due to their long lifespan, slow movement, sturdiness, and wrinkled appearance, they are an emblem of longevity and stability in many cultures around the world.
Turtles are regularly incorporated into human culture, with painters, photographers, poets, songwriters, and sculptors using them as subjects.
In China, the tortoise is one of the “Four Fabulous Animals”, the most prominent beasts of China. These animals govern the four points of the compass, with the Black Tortoise the ruler of the north, symbolizing endurance, strength, and longevity. The tortoise and the tiger are the only real animals of the four, although the tortoise is depicted with supernatural features such as dragon ears, flaming tentacles at its shoulders and hips, and a long hairy tail representing seaweed and the growth of plant parasites found on older tortoise shells that flow behind the tortoise as it swims. The Chinese believe that tortoises come out in the spring when they change their shells, and hibernate during the winter, which is the reason for their long life.
The tortoise of the feng shui water element with the tiger, phoenix and dragon representing the other three elements.
According to the principles of feng shui the rear of the home is represented by the Black Tortoise, which signifies support for home, family life, and personal relationships. A tortoise at the back door of a house or in the backyard by a pond is said to attract good fortune and many blessings. Three tortoises stacked on top of each other represent a mother and her babies.
Look at the expertise of the artist as each tiny detail has been paid attention to. Clear delineated lines, capture the action packed scene in simple lines.
The stand is elaborately carved wood, which highlights the carving above. It has the master carver’s signature.
Height Including the WoodStand: Height: 42 Cm/ 17 In
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Height: 13, Width:50 , Length: 7 CM