A beautiful carving of a Tiger engraved into this mother of pearl shell.
The shell reflects light beautifully in all sorts of colours. Words cannot come close to describe the beauty of this shell when the sun hits it from behind.
The design is that of J. Richmond and is engraved by a Balinese craftsman, ‘Ketut’, who has mastered the art of carving that has been passed down by his forefathers.
Much as you’d imagine, the Japanese tiger carries with it the same traits we attribute to the real animal–strength and courage, but also longevity. In Japanese culture, it is believed that the tiger wards off evil spirits, bad luck, and disease. Like much East Asian art with tigers as subjects, traditional Japanese artworks most often depict the tiger in an aggressive posture with its mouth open, displaying its sharp teeth.
In Feng Shui, the tiger is one of the four celestial animals. The white tiger, as seen above, is the celestial guardian of the west compass direction. This direction rules the luck and prosperity of your descendants. As the protector, the tiger is an auspicious symbol in Feng Shui and ensures that the family’s wealth, health, and bloodline continues.