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The Window, original marble sculpture by Xu Hong Fei
This is a really cute sculpture from Xu's chubby series. A chubby woman peeks through the curtains of her window, her breasts framed by the curtains, her body fully visible from the rear view.
To see more of the sculpture of Xu Hongfei, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Xu Hong Fei Pages.
Horned Owl Cast Bronze Wine Vessel
The original version of this ornately decorated horned owl wine vessel, discovered in Henan Province, in 1976, was made towards the end of the Shang Dynasty (1766-1027 B.C). Its head is removable, so that it can be used for storage, and its original storage intention is as a vessel for wine.
In the Shang era, the owl was highly regarded, even considered a god, and only the emperor or empress were allowed to own or use anything made in the image of the horned owl. In fact, the original belonged to Empress Fu Hao, wife of Emperor Wu Ding, and had her name inscribed inside along the neckline.
The original horned owl wine vessel is now housed in the permanent collection of the Chinese National Museum in Beijing. It measures 24cm tall, 7cm wide, and 13cm from toes to tail, and weighs in at 2.7 kg. It is made by a bronze csating studio, in Xian, China.
Bull: Chinese Zodiac Ceramic Plate by Mei Lin Han (Han Mei Lin) 1984
This is the Bull plate from this series of twelve plates (he told us that he would not make another set) depicting the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The plate is made of glazed red clay, and the bull is carved through the glazing, using a bamboo stick. Mei Ling 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, 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.
|303.||Horse on Swallow (Medium Plain): cast
This is a reproduction of a famous sculpture entitled Horse on Swallow from the Han dynasty (about 2000 years ago). The original was unearthed in 1969, in Gansu Province. The horse is seen balanced on one leg, the others, poised as if in motion. Look closer, and you will notice that the foot of the balancing leg is on a swallow, as if the horse is being flown into the air on the back of a swallow. The horse's tail is held high and is actually being pulled up by another swallow, as though they are helping him to fly. In the smaller versions of this cast bronze statue, the swallows are more abstracted; in the larger versions (shown on another page of the catalogue), the swallows are more fully detailed. The horse's teeth are bared, giving its face a look that reminds me a little bit of a horse in a Picasso drawing. It is a truly beautiful work of art in both composition and craftsmanship. The one, pictured here, measures 43 cm from hoof to hoof, 35 cm high to the top of his head, and 10 cm wide at the rump, and weighs 3 kg.
Acrobatic Dragon: cast bronze sculptures
As any little boy would, I like dragons, even more so because I am a dragon (according to the Chinese zodiac). Dragons are a large part of many societies' mythologies, and they still play a role in China today since they are the most auspicious of all animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Although there are few dragons in European art, like the painting of Saint George slaying a dragon, there are many examples of dragons in the art of China. We like this particular dragon because it is creatively and playfully done. It is made of cast bronze and is balanced in such a way as to be able to stand on its front paws. The other feature of the design allows it to hang from a ledge, such as the self of a bookstand, by its hind feet. While other dragons are scary and serious, this one, designed by a bronze casting studio, in Xian, will become your favorite pet, and all of your friends will want to marvel at and play with him. He also comes in four different sizes from which you can choose, in the drop-down menu when you order: extra-large (XL) - 35 cm x 38 cm x 24cm; large (L) - 16 cm x 25 cm x 7 cm; medium (M) - 14 cm x 19 cm x 6 cm; and small (S) - 7 cm x 10 cm x 4 cm.
|302.||Cast Bronze Leopard
No, this leopard is not part of ancient Chinese art but is a more contemporary piece. He is captured in mid-step with his front paw poised in the air, ears perked in alertness, tail whipping for balance, and his head turned, mouth open, teeth bared, snarling, as if growling at some unseen threat to his right. His body is lean and sinewy, his paws massive as a big cat's should be, and his spots are done in relief. The whole theme is beautifully and artfully done, and it is actually the first piece that I bought when I discovered bronze sculpture, in China. He is no small cat, either, measuring 52 cm from his head to the tip of his tail, 33 cm high, and about 12 cm across, at the shoulders; he weighs in at about 4 kg. It an interesting and exquisite display piece that can fit in with almost any type of home or office decor.
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