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Mao Zedong by Pan He 385. Young Mao Zedong, original cast bronze sculpture (artist's proof) by Pan He (潘鹤), c. 1990

In the 1960's, Pan was asked to make a sculpture of Mao Zedong to be put in Mao's hometown, in Hunan.  The project was trouble from the start.  When Pan depicted Mao as a younger man with longer hair, he was told he could not do that: he did it anyway.  The stone sculpture was so large that Pan was making it in two pieces: the torso and head, and below the waste.  As a result, he was accused of trying to desecrate Mao by cutting him in half.  He was jailed, made to kneel in glass and was beaten, daily.  So much for good deeds.

Having a bad taste in his mouth about his first Young Mao, he decided to make a revised version in the late 1980's-early 1990's [he can't remember exactly when].  This is one of what is less than 10 copies of this smaller version artist's proof.

Several years ago, he was asked by the government for a copy of this one.  Instead of saying no (he likes to make sculptures) or asking for millions, like many other modern Chinese sculptors, he told the government that he would make one a gift, in return for a letter of apology from the government for his treatment the first time he made Mao's sculpture: he got the letter.  It has special significance, entirely separate from the subject of the sculpture.  He depicted Mao, in this sculpture and the first sculpture as an idealist, leaving Hunan to join the revolution in Guangzhou, instead of what he later became.

The inscription (see close-up on hyperlink page) on the rock underneath his feet is a poem by Mao that reads: 问苍茫大地,谁主沉浮?  Pinyin: wen cang mang da di, shei zhu chen fu?  It means: Nature is so wonderful.  Who can lead the future?  In 1925, Mao left Hunan to come to the center of the revolution, Guangzhou. The line is from a poem that he wrote before leaving for Guangzhou. When he stood in front of Juzi Zhoutou (a little island in Hunan), looking at the river flowing to the north, there were red leafed trees on top of the mountain, they just looked like they'd been dyed. Many boats were out on the river, trying to run; hawks were flying, happily, in the sky; fish were playing in the water . In the deep autumn, he wrote: living things in nature are still having their free and happy life, but look at the motherland (the people), who can be the leader of you ?  Who can lead the country?

Pan He has been called the Michelangelo and the Rodin of China.  to see more of the art of Pan He, included in the Leona Craig Gallery, please visit the Pan He Pages.
  $250,000   63.5x23x21  
               
Reach for the Moon by Xu Hong Fei 332. Reach for the Moon, original cast bronze sculpture by Xu Hong Fei (许鸿飞) (2010)

To see more of the sculpture of Xu Hongfei, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Xu Hong Fei Pages.
  $30,000   48x31x28cm  
               
Mother & Baby Tigers, He Tian jade sculpture 315. Jade Mother & Baby Tiger

This is a lovely little carving of a mother tiger with her baby on her back.  It is made from so-called He Tian jade from Xinjiang, in the west of China, which is especially famous for its jade.  The jade from this region is not only considered to be of the highest quality jade but also comes in the more highly prized warmer brown-amber-yellow color.  Details include delicately-carved teeth and tongue, in the mother's mouth,  and a thin tail wrapped under her body, as well as detail carved into the stripes and manes of both mother and cub.  It is one of a kind and measures approximately 6.5 x 3.6 x 1 cm.

  $250   6.5x3.6x1 cm
               
Leopard on Stump: one of a kind teapot art by Sun Jin Li 61. Leopard on Pine: original one of a kind teapot art by Sun Jin Li

This is a teapot from Sun Jin Li's forest series.  In this series, the focus is on the animals, which are done in extreme detail, in miniature.  If you look at them with a magnifying glass, you can see detailed etching of "fur", and features of ears, mouth, nose, eyes, paws and claws, and body are all done with great precision with different colors of clay (see close-up on hyperlink page).

This one is on a pine tree stump, and there are also nice details and texture, in creating the bark of the tree

The other thing that we like about the teapot art in the series is that Li has committed to making only one teapot of each that he makes in the series.  So, each is complete unique: one of a kind.
 
  $12,000   400cc  
               
Ke ding cast bronze sculpture 346. Decorated Three-legged Ke Ding: cast bronze sculpture

This is one of several dings of various sizes that we offer, in the Leona Craig Gallery: it is one of the larger ones. Dings, in the Zhou Dynasty were symbols of the ruling class, connoting rank and power.  They were used by nobles for cooking meat, for offering sacrifices to gods or ancestors, as well as for banquet service. The original of this ding was designed by a  noble, family name Ke, in the early Zhou Dynasty and was unearthed in Shanxi province, during the Qing Dynasty (1890).  It is now housed in Shanghai Museum. The Ke Ding has a very special story behind it.  It was made by a noble in remembrance of his departed grandfather.  Inside, there are 290 Chinese words, contained in two separate paragraphs. The first paragraph laments the loss of his grandfather,  In the second, he talks of the joy of government service.  At 34 centimeters in diameter (over 20 inches), and 25 kilograms in weight (over 50 pounds), it is perfect as a plant stand or on its own, as pure decorative art, inside or outdoors.

To see more art by the sculpture studio, in Xian, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Xian Sculpture Studio Pages.
  $2,500   34cmdiamter  
               
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