Eternity – Six Dynasties Period Painted Earthenware Dragon, Sleeping Muse

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Eternity – Six Dynasties Period Painted Earthenware Dragon, Sleeping Muse

2016

Mineral-based composite, mineral pigments, stainless steel

198 x 250 x 120 cm

This “Six Dynasties Period Painted Earthenware Dragon” original is a Chinese funerary object from the 4th-5th Century. Placed in a tomb it provided a means to get to heaven. However ceramic dragons were also modeled in times of drought, people then believed that: “When the dragon appears, then wind and rain arise to escort him.” The original piece’s height is 25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.). The artist enlarged the dragon and placed beneath its abdomen egg-shaped “Sleeping Muse”, as a representation of fertility. The classic outlines of this Western modernist sculpture were incorporated into the narrative framework of the work in a pure and symbolic way.

Eternity – Six Dynasties Period Painted Earthenware Dragon, Sleeping Muse

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