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01009226 · Tai Chi
White matt porcelain with soft colours in hands and face
A sculpture inspired in the martial art known as T’ai-Chi-Ch’uan, based on sequences of movements (forms) composed of various poses (or frames). In this case, the piece represents the basic form of “the single whip” (Dan bian).
Size: 15 ¼ x 17 ¼ x 7 ¾ “
Worldwide commercialization /Wholesale /Lladró Retail
Launch: Spring 2016
Origin and symbolism
Legend has it that tai chi, a Chinese martial art, was invented hundreds of years ago by a Taoist monk named Chang San-Feng after he happened to see a crane fighting with a snake. No matter the crane’s attacks with its beak, the snake always managed to recoil and elude the bird’s deadly strikes. From the observation of those movements this martial art was born.
Best known as Tai Chi, T’ai-Chi-Ch’uan is a martial art with therapeutic properties born in the Chinese Empire. Its practice pursues greater balance of body and mind. It gradually lost its “martial” nature to become an exercise for meditation and relax. There are several theories concerning the birth and evolution of this discipline. What has been demonstrated is the direct connection of Tai Chi and Taoism, an oriental religion over 2,500 years old whose main goal is the quest of our own path or Tao.
This piece represents Lladró’s style to perfection: made with matte porcelain, totally decorated in white with the exception of the attractive contrast of the black hair and the red lips. The position of the figure with her arms stretched poses a challenge in terms of sculptural difficulty and firing in the kiln.
At a time defined by the growing practice of sports and martial arts which may help us to connect with our innermost self, this piece is totally contemporary and perfect for lovers of this relaxing martial art.