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YU TI AND THE DRAGON - China

YU TI AND THE DRAGON - China
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Framed Mosaic Intarsia
18" x 24"

The extreme difference between dragons of western and eastern cultures is one of disposition and character. In western tradition, Dragons represent terrifying and evil forces, whereas in eastern custom, the Dragon is a creature to befriend. 
Yu Ti, or "August Personage of Jade", is also known as "Father Heaven" and is the creator of human beings. He is also director of the four Dragon Kings who rule the seas and control all waters. Here, Yu Ti gives one of the great Dragons permission to end a drought by bringing rain. In the Dragon's grasp is a large pearl, the key to the creature's power.

Artist Analysis: Practically all of "Yu Ti" is made from Byzantine and Venetian tile around the outer areas. Yu Ti is also made of beads, rock and costume jewelry. The little fire patterns are beads from Hong Kong. The dragon is of beads, fish bones and blue rock. The main part of the dragon's body, the scales, are of sequins which come from a small hobby store in Bakersfield, California. The sun on the far left came from a "Goodwill" store. The pearl in the dragon's grasp is a "Mother of Pearl" shell.



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Mosaic Intarsia detailed handwork

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