King Silk Art makes silk embroidery wall art, 100% hand-stitched by Master Artists in Suzhou, China. Our artwork, Susho, is completely natural, created with tiny needles and pure silk thread. Susho is a 2500 year old family tradition, with a unique and fascinating history.
The most famous turtle in Chinese legends was named Ao. Ao lived in the South China Sea when the world was being formed. One day, the water god, Gong Gong, destroyed the sky by misbehaving. The creator of mankind, the goddess Nuwa, needed to act quickly and cruelly, to repair the sky, or mankind would not survive.
One of her animal victims was Ao. Ao used to have legs like humans do, but Nuwa took them to help prop up the sky. She left Ao's feet, so he could swim. Ao moved to the friendlier Bohai Sea, where he now carries the three islands of the Eight Immortals on his back. Ao's sacrifice was celebrated in the creation of Bixi, a common figure in memorial sculpture, half turtle, and half dragon.
In Feng Shui, turtles are a powerful protection charm. Specifically, turtles protect good "Chi" and prevent it from being altered or leaving. Traditionally, one places turtles in the back of areas, room, office or garden.
Water is one of the Five Elements of nature, representing control. In Feng Shui, literally Wind-Water, water retains the wild wind. The symbolism of this swimming turtle is complete protection, absolute safety.