On the wings of good for­tune

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINESE ART - By KUKU CHAI BUKUK

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese tra­di­tion a rooster is an em­bod­i­ment of the “five virtues”. It is per­ceived to be in­tel­li­gent as its red crown re­minds one of the hat of Zhuangyuan (scholar who tops the im­pe­rial ex­am­i­na­tions). It is be­lieved to be in­trepid be­cause a rooster of­ten perches it­self on high al­ti­tudes. Its egal­i­tar­ian na­ture, man­i­fest in its propen­sity to call out to its fel­lows to share a meal, is much ap­pre­ci­ated. It is re­garded as coura­geous as it can de­fend it­self. It is also thought of as loyal to its owner, stay vig­i­lant at night and crow­ing to mark the break­ing dawn.

Th­ese five virtues are de­sir­able qual­i­ties in hu­man be­ings as well. There­fore, im­ages of roost­ers are not just worth their artis­tic value but are also cher­ished for be­ing able to in­spire a feel­ing of bliss in the viewer.

The roost­ers and per­sim­mons in the image ti­tled Good For­tune and Luck for Ev­ery­thing are highly sym­bolic. Roost­ers sym­bol­ize luck and for­tune, while per­sim­mons con­note just about ev­ery­thing, since the Chi­nese word for per­sim­mon sounds sim­i­lar to that for “thing”. The artist drew the image free­hand-style, com­plet­ing the piece in one sit­ting. He ap­plied high tem­per­a­ture glaze be­fore putting the clay into a 1,380 C kiln to fire, to cre­ate this free, sim­ple but ex­quis­ite piece of work. The artist wishes that look­ing at this piece will bring......

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