Archives for the month of: June, 2014

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DIA150mm, Hong Kong

The jade pendent of this necklace is in the form of a double phoenix pattern.  The phoenix is a mythical bird, symbolizing world peace.  The female phoenix is called feng (鳳); in the oracle bone script the word also mean the wind (風).  The male phoenix is huang (凰), meaning the emperor the supreme being.

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clay toy

W50xD20xH80mm, China

Clay toys, like Disney toy, often take the form of a famous character, be it from a movie or an opera.  This figurine is Hu San Niang, one of the three female warriors on Mount Liang in the novel “Water Margin”.  Hu was the daughter of  a powerful family, not only is she beautiful she is also well trained in military.  After many victories for the family she was captured by the warriors of Mount Liang (108 outlaws that do good for the people) and soon she joined in and became the 59th warrior.

fuW45xH50mm, China

A pendant of the word “Fu” – good fortune.

The Buddhists believe that good fortune is under one’s control.  For a person at lost, good fortune is far from one’s life, there is only suffering.  These sufferings comes from  ignorance, attachment, and aversion; to get rid of suffering, one would need to eliminate desire and greed, by doing so one will be arrived to good fortune.

figurineW140xD100xH320mm, China

This is a figurine of Bei Di, who is the Prince of  Shang dynasty.  In a dream, the Queen swallowed the sun and felt pregnant after 14 months Bei Di was born.  Though being the heir of the kingdom, he was more interested in meditation than in the power he was born into.  Finally, he left his parents and went to Wu Dung to study Taoism.  After 42 years, he was sainted by the Jade Emperor.  It is also believed that he is the 82 reincarnation of the Tai Shang Lao Jun.

There are several Bei Di temples in Hong Kong which is well worth visiting.
There is one in Wanchai, Sham Shui Po and Cheung Chau.

figurine

figurine
W85xD70xH200mm, Hong Kong

This is an effigy of a elder female ancestor of the Tanka tribe.  These ancestor figurines were kept at the boats of the Tanka fisherman offering them safety at sea.

Click here to see our other junk boat gods.

chilliDIA250mm, Hong Kong

Inspired by the Berber jewellery, this necklace has an assorted collection of Chinese ornaments.  Some old and original pieces such as the “happy encounter” twins are part of the ingredients for this new composition.

chilli

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gold beads

DIA160mm, Hong Kong

This Thursday’s causal wear accessory is a glass bead necklace.
Dont they look like those traditional fruit candy drops that is lightly coated with glucose and came in a tin?

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japanese printW160xH220mm, Japan

This Ukiyo-e print two kōshi-jōro (high ranking courtesan) contemplating on a writing a letter.
Would it be a letter to home, a lover or a desirable client?

The movie Sukuran describes life inside Yoshiwara as a courtesan, the rivalry, survival and love.

potDIA230xH250mm, China

An old wine jar, one that would have been use at home, with the wine taken out from a ladle.

I particularly like the glazing on this jar, there seems to be a metallic gloss that is similar to the shine of a car’s body and of course the beige brush stroke on the lip of the jar.  Both of these seems to enhance on the texture of the wine.

teapot

W140xD70xH120mm, China

A Yi Xing teapot made in the form of a traditional hessian sack.  When I was a child,  the hessian sack was the equivalent of the popular red white blue nylon bag.  They were used to hold anything from rice grain to jumping sack game.  Most memorable of all, is a sack that was supposedly kept at the roof top.  As a discipline measure, us kids were told that if we were to misbehave, we will be brought to the roof top, put in a sack and lock up in the store room.  None of us were naughty enough to have seen the back but to this day its still a horrible thought.  That’s the power of imagination.