Guardian of the Underground, the mole is one of the six guardian animals of the geographic directions. It is one of the sacred sextet that are considered protective and healing fetish animals.
This appealing carving may resemble a platypus, but it is a traditional rendering of a mole, in handsome Picasso marble.
The jet eyes give him a bright-eyed, alert look, and the markings of the stone have been well-utilized.
A charming example of an animal that is not carved as often as others. Would be a fine start to – or completion of – of your own collection of all six directional animals.