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Ram: sculpture by Mei Lin Han 329. Ram: original abstract ceramic sculpture by Mei Lin Han (Han Mei Lin)

Han Mei Lin is best-known, in art circles, for his ceramic art, while most of the world knows him for his Olympic mascots for the 2008 China Olympic games, although he also has done work in metal and wood.

We like the shape and colors of this abstract Ram.  It is a subtle pice that can fit into many niches of your overall decor.

A dissident artist during the cultural revolution, Han has had exhibitions outside of China since the early 1980's.  He is now an older venerated artist who is called upon to create public art for important places and events.

This is a beautiful decorative piece that can fit into many decorative themes.

To see more of the art of Mei Lin Han, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Mei Lin Han Page.
  $10,000   34hix24diacm  
picture of "Crane on Turtle": cast bronze sculpture 314. Crane on Turtle: Eternal Love - cast bronze sculptures

Like much of the famous art of China, the original of this cast bronze sculpture of a crane on the back of a turtle was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.).  Although you might like it, simply for its appearance, it is not just a sculpture of two animals but has a much deeper symbolic meaning: it is a sculptural metaphor for eternal love.  In Chinese mythology, the turtle represents long life, while the crane represents eternal youth; in the crane's mouth is held what is known as the king of Chinese herbal medicine: ganoderma lucidum, commonly called ganoderma, which is supposed to promote longevity.  Combined together, these symbols represent an eternal love whose fire never dims.  They are made by a bronze casting studio in Xi'an (Xian), China, the old capital.  We offer it in two sizes: a smaller one (S), 42 cm high, 14 cm long, and 10 cm wide, and it weighs 0.85 kg, and a larger one (L) that measures 88 cm high and weighs around 3 kg.  You can make your choice with the drop-down button.

Since cast bronze holds up under the weather, these cranes make perfect garden decorations, too.


88 cm high
Glass owl   Glass Owl

The glass maker, in Sichuan, from whom we get our glass art, makes small numbers of all of their pieces, which include vases, vessels, and some fun figures.  In this owl, the colors making up his body are trapped inside the glass, and orange glass is used for his beak and his legs, and his eyes are applied as two different colored disks of glass.

We thought that he was very cute when we saw him. (2kg)
  $200   25Hx10diam/cm  
Zhou Dynasty bronze wine cup 347. Ya Jue Three-legged Wine Cup: cast bronze sculpture

These three-legged wine cups, complete with handles and spouts, are called jue's and hail from the Zhou Dynasty (1122-226 B.C.).  There is a spout for drinking and one for pouring; it has a loop handle on the side, and two post handles on the top edge for two-fisted drinking.  They were on legs so that drinks could be heated, which is much more convenient than the elaborate set-up to heat a modern brandy snifter.  This one was unearthed, in 1980, in Henan Province, in the town of Erlitou, which, itself, dates back to the Xia Dynasty, five thousand years ago, when the was a cultural center.  Such Jue cups were usually a gift from the emperor to nobility, so like many bronze artifacts from ancient China, possession of them was a symbol of power, nobility and wealth.  This one was dubbed the "Ya" jue because the original was inscribed with the name, Ya You Kou (Ya is the family name).  We offer it in two sizes.



Snake cermiac sign of zodiac plate by Han Mei Lin 301. Snake: original ceramic plate sculpture by Han Mei Lin, 1984

This is the snake plate from this series of twelve plates (he told us that he would not make another set) depicting the animals of the Chinese zodiac.  It is made of red clay with a glaze, and the snake is carved into the plate using a bamboo stick.  Mei Lin Han is the artist who designed the mascots for the Chinese Olympics, in 2008.  He is a contemporary of the famous Yixing teapot artist, Jiang Rong, who recently passed away, and they even created some ceramic artworks together.  He has done sculpture in ceramics as well as metal and wood, and he is highly regarded, in China.  We also have a rare complete set of all 12 plates, currently available.

To see more of the art of Mei Lin Han (Han Mei Lin), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the
Mei Lin Han Page.
  $1,000   16cm/diam
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