Four Spirit - Black Tortoise
BLACK TORTOISE: NORTH - WINTER - WATER
When sssooocool announced these pottery geocoins on the forums, many balked at the price, but I jumped right on board. They are beautiful, and at the end of the day didn't cost much more than a standard geocoin. These geocoins start as hand-carved plaster casts from which they are moulded and fired in a high-temperature kiln. Each one is finished by hand buffing. Check out the gallery below to get an idea of what went into their production.
The geocoins' icon is the Chinese character for "spirit" and is made up of three other characters: The upper part is the word "rain", the bottom is "sorcerer" and the middle part means "three mouths." That is interesting, indeed!
The four animals in the set each represent a direction, a season, and an element. On the reverse the animals' names appear in Chinese, with the top character being the colour and the bottom the animal name.
It was an exciting day when I received the package from Taiwan containing the geocoin set!
Size: 59 mm | Weight: 43 g