My China. Seller Of Calabashes

CAST BRONZE, COLD ENAMEL. Ø 14 CM

In October 2013 I spent nineteen days in China at the invitation of  AoTu company, which got interested in my medals, visiting five big cities from Peking to Guangzhou with my personal exhibitions. After the visit my Chinese friends asked me to create a series of bronze medals "My China", wherein I would reflect my most bright and striking impressions from what I saw.

Once in a huge modern trade center in Peking, offering exclusively, objects of the Chinese traditional arts and crafts, I saw a small shop with hanging calabash pumpkins (the symbol of luck, health and long life in Buddhist and Taoism traditions), and among them there was a man, resembling more an immortal Taoist, rather than an ordinary trader. This picture gave me an idea for the first medal of the Chinese series. 

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