Zhong Kui Sculpture made from Burl Wood decorated with Sterling Silver and Carved Jade, embellished with Goldleaf and Red lacquer. The mythical figure carries a sword made from liana wood decorated with Sterling Silver and the piece is set on Black Granite base.
Zhong Kui (Chinese: 鍾馗; pinyin: Zhōng Kuí; Japanese: Shōki) is a figure of Chinese mythology. Traditionally regarded as a vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings, and reputedly able to command 80,000 demons, his image is often painted on household gates as a guardian spirit, as well as in places of business where high-value goods are involved.
Rolf von Bueren, an avid burl wood collector for over 40 years, personally travels to Japan to look for rare and beautiful pieces of burl woods – some that he keeps, some that he shares with his collector friends and Lotus Arts de Vivre designs. Burls result in a uniquely patterned wood, which is highly prized for its beauty. It is valued and sought after by artists, furniture makers and sculptors. The "wild grain" in the Burl makes the wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting, which made it valued for bowls, artifacts and sculptures, and is a popular wood in many auction houses across the world.
It took eight master craftsmen with a combined production time of 3 months to complete the piece. From imagining its unique design, sculpting its shape, carving the wood, to employing a silver smith, great thought and care has gone into creating this timeless art piece.
Jade: 4.29 g.
Size: 30(W) x 48(L) x 68.5(H) cm.
Weight: 17.3 kg.