Highly reputed for her exquisite, meticulous sgrafitto work, her skill, technique, and enchanting artistry shine in this delightful objet-d’art.
The top of this rotund seed pot is embellished with a pond’s worth of turtles. Turtles are water creatures, so that implies good luck – water means crops will thrive.
They are also honored for longevity, linking the present to past ancestors.
Notice that each turtle’s shell is decorated with a different design, including: raindrops, stepped rain symbols, wavy river signs, and sun signs, for balance.
The various elements- all scratched carefully by hand from the layer of stone-polished red clay slip – are linked by little crosses.
These represent the four geographic directions, meaning that the blessings of rain and sun, in balance, are meant to extend to all, everywhere.
The beige clay background is textured, and the stone- polished surface is glossily perfect.
The symbols all pertain to ensuring a bountiful amount of food, therefore being healthy, happy and prosperous.
A lovely message, conveyed in a beautiful, gem-like piece.