Rhino Family Vessel | 犀牛尊家族

語音導覽 青銅 36 x 23 x 18cm(母) 38 x 23 x 18cm(公)

  尊呈犀牛形,犀牛昂首佇立,身體肥碩,四腿短粗,皮厚而多皺,兩角尖銳。犀角中指紋圖案,象徵著正義與向上之精神。不僅代表著藝術家個體,而是像徵著每個存在個體;並與之產生共鳴。尊腹中空,尊背有橢圓形口,開闔有蓋。可用來作為盛酒器。體態熠熠生輝,雖似青銅重器,卻有洋溢著充沛的活力。
  古時,人們把犀牛和象視為神奇的動物,並創作了很多帶有犀牛或像等形象的盛器,被稱為犀尊。尊盛行於商代至西周時期,其中最為著名的有現存收藏於中國國家博物館的錯金銀尊,尊既是一種大中型盛酒器和禮器,也是一種尊貴和權力的象徵。此件犀牛尊上溯至古而延續至今,是藝術家背後文化底蘊承載的一種外在物化顯現。

  Mr. Shih's 2003 work, a male and female couple - the Rhino Vessels. The rhinoceroses stand proud, their bodies are well-rounded, their four legs are short but strong, and their skin is thick and wrinkled, with two sharp ears. The animals are represented realistically, but their soaring horns bear the imprint of a human thumb, which also symbolizes righteousness, perseverance, and the optimistic spirit of the artist. The belly is hollow, and the back of the statue has an oval opening with a lid. These vessels could be used as wine coolers. Wine vessels shaped as rhinos derive from ancient Chinese traditional ritual bronzes, where they symbolized the power of the sovereign.