In ancient Chinese astronomy, the Four Symbols - Azure Dragon (pinyin: Qinglong), White Tiger (pinyin: Baihu), Rosefinch (pinyin: Zhuque) and Black Turtle (pinyin: Xuanwu) - represent the East, the West, the South and the North, respectively. They are also known as the Four Gods and Four Saints, dividing the 28 lunar mansions into the eastern group of 7 constellations, the western group of 7 constellations, the southern group of 7 constellations and the northern group of 7 constellations. Chinese people believe that the Four Benevolent Animals are auspicious symbols that bring in luck and happiness and protect us against evil and misfortune. SIFANG now presents a new product - SIFANG KENDAMA – that ingeniously incorporates the images of the Four Holy Beasts into its design and embodies the mutual promotion among the Five Elements and the rhythm of Nature.
The Azure Dragon or sometimes known as the Green Dragon, is one of the Four Symbols other than the White Tiger, Rosefinch and Black Turtle. In feudal China, the dragon is the symbol of the emperor. According to the Theory of the Five Elements, it represents the east. As the color “green” is often associated with the flourish of all things, it represents the spring season.
Height of about 19 cm, width 7 cm
Large cup diameter of about 4.2 cm
Medium cup diameter of about 3.6 cm
Small cup diameter of about 3.8 cm
Ball diameter of about 6 cm