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The instinctive wish to comprehend the innermost that means of items has continually been a massive caliber within the brain of guy, a top quality relatively precious in reference to the attention-grabbing lore of the East, the place myths have ever held a sacred place.

From the 1st, the ornament of the decorative wares of Dai Nippon have represented the entire symbols sacred to Orientals, the purer porcelains usually bearing the seal names of royalty. De lightfully poetic representations of the concepts and ideology, occasions either legendary and genuine, Nature's foliage and flora, and very much extra that absorbs the japanese brain. turn into prepared captives within the arms of the smart artisans of Japan. The underlying reason during this encouraged hard work - to do homage to their loved mythology - is obvious in all their works.

While creditors internationally experience the significant colour ings and varieties of Japan's artwork items, it's the mysterious and the legendary of their composition that almost all charms and captivates.

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Long life to Bamboo Tree the theme of the ! 39 TATSU. ] A power, symbolical of sovereignty, mysterious and omis Tatsu, the foremost creature of Japanese its Mythology. Its name Riyo or Riu is from the Chinese, meaning all powerful and such it surely is as one of the divinely constituted creatures, it has the faculty of making itself visible or invisible of its own volition, it reduces itself to the size of a silkworm or enlarges to such proportions that all heaven and earth is filled with its fitting representation of nipotent in influence on the lives of men, — ; ; presence.

Frequently appears in represented art, it as as the crane has never been inanimate, such a treatment being incongruous where longevity is implied. 23 *V Zeni. An FENG-HWANG. iron or copper coin of little value, emblematic of moderate wealth. ] 'Tis no minor office that this most royal bird occupies in the sphere of art and tradition, but one as refined as as the sacred A it is exalted. Known Golden Pheasant and the Heavenly Phoenix, it is the generally accepted symbol of rectitude, the male bird (Ho) and female (Wo) often appearing in art and in verse.

The Celestial Dragon guards and supports the mansions of the gods the Spiritual Dragon causes the rain to fall and winds to blow for humanity's welfare the Earth Dragon defines the courses of rivers and streams the Dragon of Hidden Treasures watches over the hoards of wealth hidden from mankind. All these various types are known by distinctive colors, with which the Oriental associates influences favorable or inimical to men. The white dragon's breath is believed to become gold, and the spittle of the violet dragon turns to crystal balls but those best known seem to be the white, green, yellow, violet, red and black, and these appear innumerable times in the ornamentation of the porcelains, potteries, pictures, furniture and wood carvings of Japan and its temples.

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