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 Black Turtle is one of the Four Symbols in traditional Chinese culture. As its name suggests, it is black in color. According to the Theory of the Five Elements, it represents the north. Despite its English name, it is usually depicted as a turtle entwined together with a snake. Both of these animals were regarded as benevolent animals in ancient China that symbolize longevity. The Black Turtle represents the winter 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