This artwork was inspired by board culture mixed with modern twist of 4 Chinese mythological creatures. I designed 4 characters to ride on a different animal.

The Four Symbols (Chinese: 四象; pinyinSì Xiàng) are four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon, (Qing Long) of the East, the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que) of the South, the White Tiger (Bai Hu) of the West, and the Black Turtle (Xuan Wu) of the North. Each one of them represents a direction and a season, and each has its own individual characteristics and origins.

This particular design is based on White Tiger.  I used stripes as characteristic design element for this piece. In Chinese culture, the tiger is the king of the beasts and has been presented with a king on his forehead for centuries. According to legend, the tiger’s tail would turn into white when it reached the age of 500 years. In this way, the white tiger became a kind of mythological creature. It was said that the white tiger would only appear when the emperor ruled with absolute virtue, or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Chinese five elements also represents the west, the white tiger thus became a mythological guardian of the west.

Main material used: bamboo and sumi ink (15″ x 30″)

$1500 (for purchase, please e-mail for details.)

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