A Tiger sculpted from a single piece of rare Camphor wood, eyes set with Tiger’s eyes, Sterling Silver head, legs and tail. Set on granite base.
Because of Camphor Wood’s resistance to insects as well as its attractive grain patterns, camphor wood has long been used for making wardrobes and storage chests, and now as art and sculptures in the hands of Lotus Arts de Vivre. It is widely distributed south of the Yangzi River including Hainan Island, with the largest concentrations found in Taiwan, followed by Jiangxi and Fujian. The fragrance of camphor is intense after freshly cut, and its strong scent does not diminish with time. The interlocked grain pattern of camphor imparts a light and dark striped figure patterned with its open pores appearing as slanted parallel lines in the radial surface.
The inspiration of these pieces starts with Rolf von Bueren seeing these natural objects, materials and shapes. He says “When I look at a Khmer statue, it is the broken pieces that captivate my imagination rather than a statue still fully intact”.
As a spirit animal, the meaning for the tiger is said to be total willpower, courage, and personal strength. Some recognize tigers and dragons as powerful symbols representing the balanced forces of yin and yang. The Chinese god of wealth, Tsai Shen Yeh, is often shown sitting on top of a tiger to emphasize his power. In Chinese culture, tigers are seen as the guardian of children.
This piece took approximately 3 months to produce, with over 6 craftsmen and designers involved from design to production.
Size: 38(W) x 94(L) x 51(H) cm.Weight: 23.2 kg.