This exquisitely crafted tortoise is an ideal addition to your own home as well as a perfect gift symbolizing goodwill. It is sure to add light and joy wherever it is displayed. The artifact is a typical representation of Dokra, the ancient art of making stunning metal figurines fashioned from bell metal or bronze and copper based alloys made in the ‘Lost Wax Casting’ method. Amongst indigenous tribes, the tortoise had a special symbolic significance and was considered as a holy icon. Both the Santal and the Munda believed that after a huge fire destroyed the world, the tortoise, at the request of the gods brought soil from beneath the Sea to recreate mother earth. As a good omen, representations of the tortoise were always kept facing the door of the house. In Jharkhand today Dokra is practiced by indigenous communities like Malhore, Rana and Thetri.