African Turtle Tureen

Camouflaged Beauty

In African legend, terrapins signify resilience, harmony and fertility. In the wild they are essential to the ecosystem, feeding off of carcasses and parasitic ticks.

When nature inspires art, function and beauty can be achieved. Reminiscent of Japanese “netsuke” ivory carvings, this tureen depicts a huddle of terrapins as they are often seen - sunning themselves on a hippo's back. 

The painter has used dark tones to camouflage the sculptor’s spectacle, a device that encourages closer inspection. What at first glance appears as a rock reveals itself to be a moment of intricacy and beauty, a snapshot of Mother Nature’s artistry. 

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By Ardmore Ceramics