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Crystal Mythical Creature, Guardian, Black Tortoise of the North-Serenity of the Xuanwu


The Collection: Directional Clarity 

Design Concept:

Just as the north star offers a light of guidance, so does the mythological “black tortoise” which guards the North in ancient Chinese astrology.  Coming from the 2018 collection “Directional Clarity,” this piece displays a xuanwu—a divine tortoise and snake-like deity that embodies wisdom and serenity in the world.  The orb-shaped sculpture work takes after the representations of a “rounded” heaven—and carries on it the etchings of ancient astrological runes.  It is one of five mythological creatures that rule the cardinal compass directions, correlating with the water elemental and the winter season by classic representation.  In folklore, this tortoise has been dubbed “Zhi Ming” and is a deity that dates to shamanic traditions in of Chinese pre-history. 

Serenity of the Xuanwu

Waters still and clear,
bright sun within pure clouds.
The north star offers guidance,
establishing tranquility in heaven and earth.
The fecund light of spring shines on all,
for good feng shui.



Item No.:



Violet / Red Clear


11.14"L x 6.30"D x 18.31"H inches


Crystal Glass


Pate de Verre

Limited Edition:

298 pieces (Worldwide)

* Note: As the art pieces are individually hand-made, the color and dimensions will vary slightly.

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