In Ancient India, Tortoise is a spiritual symbol of longevity having a lifespan of about ten thousand years. It is regarded as a great source of creativity in Tibetan Buddhism. It is generally present in every sacred and non-sacred place for good luck and charm. In Feng Shui there are mainly four celestial animals that are greatly valued, namely, Green Dragon, Red Phoenix, White Tiger and Tortoise.
The value of a tortoise depends on its direction of placement. If it is placed at the back of the house, it is symbolic of protection and energy strengthening. Smooth career operations, appraisals and career energy enhancement can be attained by keeping it in the north direction of the house. If the tortoise statue is placed facing the front door of the house, it help in bringing stability and protection from evils in life. To combat illness and promote good health, tortoise is placed in the direction best facing the inhabitants of the home. If placed near the head of the bed, it helps relieve anxiety. It should not be placed in kitchen or bathroom.
In this sculpture, the tortoise has its head out and its hard shell is patterned like a rock with small circles engraved in it. Its four legs have various striations with eyes neatly and beautifully carved giving it a natural look.