Gourd Art

Gourd ArtAdded this art into my art collection. Its a watercolor painting of a bird on a Gourd Vine. Like the colour and the free stroke applied on the painting, like a child’s painting. The painting is called Bird & Flower but the 2 Gourds stand out more prominently. The description however says otherwise.

Title : Bird & Flower

Size: Approx. 19 “(47cm)× 16″(40cm)

Description : Gourd, a symbol of harvest and Treasures in China

Feature : Chinese painting. Original work.

Artist : Lishan ( Mr Li Yuanguo )

Artist Website : www.chinawatercolor.com

Profile of the Artist : In early 1988, 75 Nobel Laureates, meeting in Paris to make a declaration said: “For humanity to survive in the twenty-first century, we must return to 2500 years ago, to search for wisdom from Confucius.”
The artist named Liyuanguo , was born in the hometown of Confucius in Shandong. Landscapes, flowers, birds, nature, and the Confucian legacy, have become his source of endless creativity. If you are unable to personally visit this ancient oriental country, then hope his works can bring the same feelings for you.

Gourd ArtPost-Intro :

Today is 30 jan 2013. The postman had just handed me the tube containing the artwork at the Studio. Purchased this on 05 Jan 2013 from  the Artist Lishan in Jinan, China.

Gourd Charm

In China, the calabash, or “bottle-gourd” plant, has long been used as a food and medicine, and its hard shell as a bottle, a dipper and even an ancient musical instrument.  Gourds have traditionally been used to carry medicine, wine and “magic” elixirs.  Gourds were also tied to the backs of children and boat people to serve as life preservers.

The gourd is popular as a charm to ward off evil spirits and disease because its first character (hulu 葫芦) has the same pronunciation as the word to “protect” or “guard” (hu 护) and also the word for “blessing” (hu 祜).

The Chinese word for gourd, hulu (葫芦), has other auspicious associations as well.  In some dialects, the character hu (葫) has a similar pronunciation to fu (福) which means “happiness” or “good fortune”.  Therefore, saying hulu (葫 芦) for gourd would sound similar to fulu (福禄) which means “happiness and rank (as in attaining a high government office)”.

The gourd was considered to have a magical power to protect Chinese children from smallpox.  The custom was for parents, on the last night of the year, to hang a gourd shell near where a child who had not yet had smallpox slept.  It was believed that the god of smallpox and measles would “empty” the smallpox into the gourd shell instead of the child if there was one nearby.  Should the child happen to come down with smallpox in the future, it was believed that the illness would be less severe if the parents followed this custom.

Also, in ancient times, old men would frequently be seen carrying gourds on their backs.  Gourds, therefore, gradually became associated with old age and charms, such as the one pictured below, took on the gourd-shape to signify longevity.

Source : Primal Trek.  More on the Ancient Chinese Gourd Can Be Found Here.

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