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Vision-Glass Decorative Stone Bird Figurine

Vision-Glass Decorative Stone Bird Figurine

Materials Glass

9.2 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm

The concept of this glass work has been derived from a Shang dynasty (1766-1123 B.C.E.)stone bird held in the archaeological collections of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. This artifact was excavated from an undisturbed tomb at Hsiao-t’un Village, Anyang County, Henan Province in 1937 by the IHP, Academia Sinica.“Heaven commissioned the swallow, to descend and give birth to (the father of) Shang”. . People of the Shang believed themselves to be the descendents of the swallows, and many artworks thus contained a bird totem or design. In this glass work, the wings of the bird transform into an auspicious cloud, while its shaped eyes look into the distance, symbolizing its superb insight and foresight. By creating an image which hovers over the clouds and whose gaze not only extends into the celestial sphere but also to observe the universe and humanity, this glass work represents Academia Sinica’s efforts in the pursuit of excellence and a better future for all humankind since its founding in 1928.

Price NTD 5,000

  • Vision-Glass Decorative Stone Bird Figurine

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