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Guanyin, sculpture by Pan He 408. Guanyin (觀音), original cast bronze sculpture artist's proof by Pan He (潘鹤)

The Guanyin (Guan Yin) is a female bodhisattva associated, in Eastern Asian Buddhism, with compassion.  The name Guanyin (also, Guanshiyin) is a translation from the Sanskrit Avalokitasvara, referring to the Mahāyāna bodhisattva of the same name and is also revered by the Taoists as one of the immortals.  Buddhists believe that when one departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus and, then, sent off to the land of Sukhāvatī.

Although Pan He's sculptures were originally Red, he later changed to subtle social commentary, and more recently has done sculptures of the Chinese minorities.  Thus, this sculpture of the Guanyin is unique in his repertoire of works.  The finished large version is in a hilltop temple in Shanxi Province, in the North of China.

The Guan Yin is usually depicted seated in lotus position on top of a lotus flower.  In his rendition, Pan makes her more like a Christian saint, a result of his idolizing Michelangelo, no doubt, but religious scholars, in the past, have pointed out the similarities between Guangyin and Mary, so, it is actually not such a serendipitous rendition.

To see more of the works of He Pan (Pan He), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Pan He Page.
  $675,000   30x40x112cm  
Yuan Chonghuan, sculpture by Pan He  400.  Yuan Chong Huan (袁崇焕), original cast bronze sculpture by Pan He (潘鹤)

Yuan Chong Huan, born in Guangdong, was a military leader, during the Ming Dynasty, who could not be defeated.  During his early years, he had the chance to meet and interact with Jesuits and other foreigners, whereby he expanded his knowledge of the world.  Eventually, he was sent to the northern front and was one of the first Chinese commanders to successfully incorporate Western military tactics into his battle plan.  As a result, he was key in successfully defending against a number of attempts by the Manchurians to conquer China, in the 1600's.  As he was undefeatable on the battlefield, in order to defeat him, his enemies spread rumors about his loyalty to the emperor.  In fact, it took a hundred years before his name was cleared by the Qianlong Emperor.

In this piece, you can see the profound influence that Michelangelo's work has had on Pan.  The sculptural style, along with the flowing robes and hair, remind me more of a Renaissance piece than one from twentieth century China.  In fact, it is my favorite piece out of all of his sculpture, and the story behind the sculpture is a great example of the type of social and political commentary that Pan likes to make with his art: mesmerizing the eyes of those who see it, while touching the hearts and minds of those who also understand its deeper meaning.
In this original version of the sculpture, Yuan is shown, his head held high, climbing the symbolic mountain to hand in his sword to the emperor, who ultimately had him executed.  The final version, which was changed for the larger version that sits in  his hometown, Dongguan, which is now a big factory town, is shown in the linked page.  In truth, we find the original version much more appealing, while the township wanted a more Chinesey looking version, which we find kind of cheesy.

To see more of the works of He Pan (Pan He), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Pan He Pages.


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.


88 cm high
Woman on Windsor Chair by Xu Hong Fei 331. Woman on Windsor Chair, original wood sculpture by Xu Hongfei (许鸿飞)

This piece is made in parts.  Then woman is carved separately, and the chair and footstool are made of separate pieces, like a Windsor chair and stool would be.  Of course, the woman is slightly plump, as Xu is famous for his sculptures of chubby women, who he finds are more full of life.

The wood is a very special type of wood from southwest China

To see more of the art of Xu Hong Fei, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Xu Hong Fei Pages.
  $50,000   37x18x20cm  
Bust 3 by Pan He 380. Male Bust (3), original cast bronze sculpture by Pan He

Several years ago, Pan He was bed-ridden from illness.  Never one to waste time, He produced about fifty small busts of men and women, sculpting them from clay and having them sent to his studio for casting in bronze.  Indeed the media has spun its own story about these pieces, dubbing the male busts as the 18 heroes.  That is not actually the case, and there were more than 50, including both men and women, many of which are still in He's possession.

This one has a Western look, a suit and a tie.

As this is one of the few that has come onto the market, it offers a rare opportunity to own the work of this great Chinese sculptor, the Rodin of China.

To see more of the works of He Pan (Pan He), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Pan He Pages.

  $15,000   21x16x10cm  
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