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golden wood carvingL350xD25xH130, China

This golden wood carving used to be center pediment of an ornamental object, perhaps on small shrine in a temple.

On the carving, there are 2 dragons chasing after a pearl.  Dragons are believed to be mythical creatures from the sky, they need to attain a certain quality to become a saint.  After a few hundred years, the essence of what they have learnt from nature would become a pearl like pellet.  The dragon would spit out the pearl for it absorb the spirit of nature and the bigger the pearl would grow.  One day while a dragon was practicing with his pearl, another dragon decided to take this pearl to speedup his own attainment. The bad dragon spit out his pearl hoping it would absorb the other, the two pearls melted and became one giant pearl, both dragons wanted to take it in and started using all their tricks.  Their fight upset the nature of the universe and the Jade Emperor took them in and set the pearl on the temple which would be protected by the dragons for good

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.

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