The Collection: Emergence of the Dragon
The most subtle expressions often take heavy pondering to discover. That is the intention of LIULI artists when casting the “Eternal Chime Baoping” (treasure vase). Using elaborately ornamental, yet extremely subtle motifs, the “metal element” dragon here is expressed in unlikely crests and swirls of waves. It dances gracefully, and moves swiftly without immediately revealing its elusive nature. Suspended mid-movement, it is difficult to discern whether it moves or not—but it remains dynamic all the while, true to its spirit as a “metal element” dragon. Rooted in Chinese classicism, this piece incorporates gold-leaf-adorned blowing techniques to complement its head. It is among the first collection of its kind to be introduced to the art world and remains unique in its style and crafting methods.