DIA220mm, Hong Kong
A necklace with coin as a pendent and coins placed at the interval of the beads.
I found this piece to be very architectural.
Topeng Tua is an old man character who appears at the opening of the performance as well as in religious ceremony Tari Topeng Tua which would be performed in the temple piodalan. Other character would aslo include topeng Keras, topeng Dalem, topeng Penasar.
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DIA90xH75mm, Hong Kong
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POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
The two figures in this wood block print is the poet monks Han Shan and Shi Di. Han Shan and Shi Di are close friends, sharing ideas on poetry, zen teaching as well as literature. The 2 are known as the He He saints – for love, peace and harmony.
Shi Di (left) carried a stem of lotus “荷 – He” while Han Shan (right) has a rounded box “盒 – He”. The words 荷盒 “He He” has the same pronunciation as the words 和合 “He He” which has the meaning peaceful harmony.
At the wedding night, offering will be made by the bride and groom to the He He immortals for love, peace and harmony to be extended to the new family.
A tiniest cup for the strongest tea – Kang Hu Tea.
Although it can be enjoyed in a tea ceremony, my first encounter of it (and still is my favorite) was a causal serving at the end of a Chaozhou feast. The tea is like best after dinner drink, clearing the palette as well as aiding digestion. A word of caution, better to take in small dosage (a cup or 2 will be the limit) if you dont want to stay up sheep counting.
“Child from the Saints” is a popular blessing subject in the Ming and Qing period, symbolizing blessing and fertility. The legend dated back to the late Han dynasty, when the Wei Emperor to be was a poor farmer. One spring, when he was working in the field, he saw a immaculate carriage landed from the sky, inside of the carriage was a beautiful lady. He put away his tools and went to greet the visitor, the lady told him she is send by the Jade Emperor to be his wife, the two got married on the day, the lady saint said she has to go back to heaven and would meet him again a year later at the same place. A year later, Wei arrived early to the field awaiting for his date, the magic carriage appeared, inside it was the lady saint together with a baby. She handed him the baby and said he was his son and he will be the Emperor.
An old clay toy, of a cute rooster.
Dont belittle the rooster, it was the earliest form of time keeping, announcing to the world the start of a new day. With its ability to bring the sun out and to make the night retreat (a bit of a reverse logic), the Chinese thus believe that the rooster is able to keep the devil away.
Ground Opera is performed in at the end of the Chinese New Year, on the day of Yuan Xiao. The story performed in the Ground Opera are solely about warfare and battles, romance and other dramas script are nonexistent. This is due to the fact that the origin of the performance is basing on the welfare, though the performers are ordinary farmers, their ancestors were military settlement dated back to the Ming dynasty. They still have the warrior’s spirit running in them. It is believed that the spirits of these fighters will returned during the performance, helping to cast away any evils and to bless the village for the coming year. Rituals are performed before and after the shows.
Also unlike other Chinese operas, the character of the Ground Theatre is not defined by the category of Sheng, Dan, Jing, Chou. The main characters in the show are all warriors, broadly divided into male and female (by the eyebrow), old and young (by the beard), temperament (by facial colour), hero and villain (by the facial marking). From this we can determined that this mask would belong to the role of a loyal villian warrior fighter.