196. From another culture, China. A long and prosperous life, perhaps.
When in China, look for Chinese art work, right. I would love to do such a carving in wood as seen in the bronze piece below. I would do so for the flow and beauty of the sculpture, leaving aside the religious meanings added to it. This was a garden sculpture now residing in our home.
A few quoted notes give context.
“…in China, the crane is the most popular bird symbolizing longevity and auspiciousness. The Chinese also embroidered cranes on their clothing and their images are seen in many ancient paintings as they also represent happiness and a soaring spirit, capturing the beautiful way it soars through the skies.”
“The tortoise is a symbol of longevity, with a potential lifespan of ten thousand years. Due to its longevity, a symbol of a turtle was often used during burials. A burial mound might be shaped like a turtle, and even called a ‘grave turtle.'”
I suspect the following can also be said of Chinese pieces like this one.
“In Vietnamese culture, the turtle and crane each symbolize enduring power and longevity. The two, standing together, represent a healthy long life of happiness. … The crane on the back of the tortoise is the symbol of longevity, …”
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Prov 15:4