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Confucius and Student, original cast bronze sculpture by Cao Chong En
In this sculpture, Confucius is shown teaching a student a lesson (can only imagine with that wagging finger). Of course, Confucius is known for his "do as I say without question" attitude, which is one of the reasons that China pushes his philosophy, in their soft power program.
To his side there is a rolled up bamboo "book", and another is laid out on the table before him.
To see more of the art of Pan Fen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Cao Chong En Pages.
Bull Water Vessel Lamp:
cast bronze Han Dynasty reproduction
This lamp is like several that we display in the Leona Craig Gallery, although this one is the largest and most versatile. The lid for the lamp swivels out and is detachable. The body is hollow so that it can be filled with water, and the lid, then, captures the fumes from the lamp fire into the water. The original dates from the early Han Dynasty (206 B.C to 9 A.D.) and was unearthed, in 1949 in Hunan Province. It is currently on display in the Hunan Museum, and it is used as the symbol of the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency. This bull symbolizes wisdom, in the Chinese culture, so, if you give it to a friend as a gift, it means that you respect his or her wisdom. His size and weight (15 kg = 33 pounds) make him perfect for either sitting on a table indoors or outside your front door to greet guests.
Palace Dragon: cast bronze sculpture
If you are looking for a piece of sculpture that is small and subtle, yet powerful, this little dragon might fit the bill. The original is from the Wei Dynasty (220 - 265 A.D.), and is currently housed in the National Palace Museum, in Beijing, who are responsible for commissioning this reproduction. He is a so-called Pan Dragon, which can only walk on the ground and cannot fly, like their cousins, the flying dragons. He is poised as if fighting off some unseen enemy: perhaps, San Giorgio. In fact, in ancient time, people would carve this type of dragon into pillars, doors, and other entrance ways to keep evil spirits from entering. Even though he is small, in size, measuring 10 cm long, 10 cm wide, 11 cm high, and weighing 0.4 kg, the attention to detail has not been spared in his form or decoration.
|402.||Fisher Girl, original cast
bronze sculpture by Pan He 2008
The original marble Fisher Girl, made in 1979, can be seen on a rock, just off the coast in the north of Zhuhai, China, the sister city of Macau, and is the iconic symbol of that southern coastal Chinese city.
Even legends have grown up around her. One has her lover slipping over the border from Macau and walking up the seaside lovers' walk to her location in the north. Another says her lobver comes down from the mountain, in Zhuai, to the sea to meet her.
Pan likes to make sculpture that will eventually draw people to areas that have few visitors before. He also makes his tributes, not to the government, but to the people. The fisher girl holds a pearl above her head. The true meaning of the sculpture is that the Chinese people work hard and gather many of the natural resources that China has, while Beijing gets all of the credit and the benefit.
Pan made a copy of it, in cast bronze, as a gift for Sichuan after the earthquake.
To see more of the works of He Pan (Pan He), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Pan He Page.
zisha clay teapot art
The turtle represents long life, in the Chinese culture. There are a number of turtle teapot themes, today, and this one has its own appeal because it is made to look more like a real turtle than some of the others that we have seen. It is done by Sun Jin Li studio, in Yixing, China, formed by mold from zisha clay and finished by hand. The lid-pull is a baby turtle. Measures approximately 16 cm in length.
Although this one is made with a mould, we have another more precise turtle teapot sculpture, also by Sun Jin Li, which you can find on his pages, in our on-line gallery.
To see more of the art of Sun Jin Li, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Sun Jin Li Page.
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