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The turtle - bearer of the secrets of heaven and earth

In chinese symbolism, the turtle is one of the most important animals. In old times, its upper shell was compared to the arch of the sky, and its lower shell to the earth's flat surface. It symbolizes immortality, durability and the cardinal direction of north. The pattern of its shell was used to read the future. It is the hero of many legends and tales.

Ignatz A. Basile is one of the most prominent turtle experts in Europe and enjoys worldwide recognition. He has been breeding them successfully for many years, and is the author of a well-known series of books titled "Fascinating Turtles".

Ignatz Basile is also a bonsai enthusiast. This enthusiasm was the reason for him to get in contact to me - he had an idea to link turtles and bonsai together, in the form of a "turtle pot". This was the start of a new chapter in the story of turtle symbolism.

16.5 x 14 x 3.8 cm / 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 in

17 x 14 x 5 cm / 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 in

34 x 28 x 7.6 cm / 13.5 x 11 x 3 in

It carries heaven and earth in its body - now it also provides your bonsai with longevity.

16.5 x 14 x 3.8 cm / 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 in

Peter Krebs

Photographs: Ignatz A. Basile, Turtle Press International, Verlag für Reptilien Publikationen.

Turtle pots by Peter Krebs
Hand made, fired to ca. 1230°C

Translation: Stefan Ulrich

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