Archives for the month of: January, 2015

If you have an afternoon free on this coming wed, 4 Feb, do bring your kids to attend a traditional Chinese Puppetry show at the Academy for Performing Arts.

Puppetry Stories will perform 4 different type of puppetry; rod, string, glove, shadow in shows Eight-Commandment Pig Carry Wife on the Back, Daming Perfecture, and Monkey Subdues White-Skeleton Demon.

4 Feb 2015, 15:00
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheater
Academy of Performing Arts
Wanchai, Hong Kong



W240xH170mm, China

The embroidery for this child’s du dou (traditional under garment) departed from the popular theme of blessing; that of fertility, protection, etc.

It is unusual for the embroidery to depart from the generic themes of blessing, I have a feeling that the embroidery is the portrait if of the child the du dou is for, a chubby naughty boy who is the darling in her mother’s eyes.

Click to see our other du dou.


DIA150mm, Hong Kong

A new piece of jewellery
just off our artist’s hand.

Something Old Something New
Collectible Jewellery Collection


DIA120xH70mm, China

A small bowl, ideal for desert, tea and a greedy sake drinker.

Personally, I am very fond of black glaze ware.
Bold, warm, depth, simplic.


W380xH520mm, China

Bird and the Plum Blossom,
a traditional and popular composition for Chinese crafts.

A play on the phase 喜上眉梢 (xi shang mei shao), one is so happy that joy is expressed when in the eye brow.  You might wonder what a facial express has to do with plum blossom and bird.  The bird is 喜鵲 pica pica (magpie), its climbing on the plum branch 喜上梅梢 (xi shang mei que) has the same pronunciation has this uncontrollable joy.

Bird and Plum Blossom theme with
pearl inlay craft – pearl box,
pottery pattern – plum & bird plate,
ceramic figurines – pottery birds,
wood carving – birds in plum blossom


Dunhuang – Untold Tales, Untold Riches

Dunhuang was a major city along the silk road, the Dunhuang caves are a time capsule of the arts, religion, history of the period.

The artifacts in the exhibition are replicas which included 3 full size caves and a 13 meter long Buddha.
I do appreciate that the works have not been destroy for our pleasure and benefits.  The replicas are more than good enough for me.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum

open till 16 March 2015 (close tue)


W140xD80xH150mm, Indonesia

With the nasal mucus dripping down, it mask can only belongs to the clown of the mask dance, the bondres.  The half mask enable them to tell jokes and engaged in comical dialogues.

Bondres Dukuh is the advisor to King Raja, in the dance he also is the means to broadcast the king’s commands.  As a comic Bondres Dukuh is a lame spiritual leader, a bit deaf and blind, his speech are filled with coughs and jokes about betel nut.


DIA300mm, China

PURPLE by Ken Nordine

all dignity, all pomp, all put on, has aura to be felt as well as seen.
Purple has class, some say the highest, they stand in awe in of purple, royally, loyally in awe.
This alone makes pompous purple king.
King purple views there is a right that is his, it goes way way back to the beginning,  to the place where pomp began, that is purple pomp.
Some says, those in the know, that purple got pomp from the first of the purple queens, from mother pomp, who thought it all up, the purple dignity, the purple pomp, the purple put on, thought it all up so anyone purple from then till now would never have to ever work.
And that’s why purple is king.


 A teapot with 3 handles and 3 spouts, traditionally termed as the “teapot for the blind”, it is easy to grab in all directions.

I wonder if it is better to be called “wine flask for the drunk”.


W60xD40xH90mm, China

A little clay figurine dressed in red and holding a fish.

This toy embedded many of the wishes that the parents would want for their child.
On his vest is the word “shou” 壽 – longevity,
while the fish 魚 “yu” shares the same sound as 余 “yu” – plentiful.

In the old days, when life is harsh, staying alive and having enough to survive on is a hope for the future.  These words of blessing are often found in wood block prints, pottery, embroidery, wood carvings and even the name for dishes.

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