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chinese sacred animal box by hibbary chinese sacred animal box by hibbary
I made this the last day of metals class just to have something for critique. For a three hour endevour, it turned out rather well. The shapes represent the four sacred chinese animals, the dragon, the tortoise, the ki'lin, and the pheonix. It's just a little, tiny, lidless box.

Ah, before I get any more comments on this, I drew my sources for the four animals from a book. Two folk now say that the unicorn-type beast ought to be a tiger instead. I'm not saying that other people are wrong; the book could very well be. Or it could be either depending on where you are in the country or depending on the era you draw from. That's the way of culture. In anycase, if I'm totally off, I apologize, especially if I offend someone over it. I really didn't want to. I thought I could trust published material, but I guess not. On the matter of the tortoise, I know the oriental depiction is very different, but I decided on a more realistic one just out of artistic choice. I liked the large, positive space, and had it had that long neck in there, it would have a different shape than I wanted.
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OceanSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice. I like how the metal turned out to look rather old/tarnished/splotched, was that a property of the metal or something else?

Well, just my 2 cents, but there are two beast... Patheons, I guess. The ones having a gripe about the qilin/tiger thing are probably thinking of the more well-known Four Gods ((even then, white tiger gets replaced by qilin sometimes!)) rather then the "Gentleman Beasts," which seem to be depicted here. If the book mentioned constellations, then it's probably 4 Gods.
... Plus, the Vermillion Sparrow, contrary to popular belief, is NOT a phoenix.
Alislam274 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is really cool
i recently started a metal shop class and its such an intimidating experience =/ 
may i ask how you were able to make such smooth and detailed cuts? i really want to learn how to do that 
hibbary Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Being as this was my first big project I'm sure I just broke dozens of jewelry blades. :D    I think for this one I rolled out my metal to slightly thinner than whatever thickness  we got in the campus store and then fully annealed it for very easy sawing. The metal just cut like butter. You can harden up the metal after it's been constructed. 
GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is lovely. It looks like it would make a good candle votive.
DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
As a metalworker myself, I have to say that this is really good, and lovely to boot.
(Those are not always the same thing. Plenty of "good" work is ugly. This is not.)

Regardless of the theoretical accuracy of the symbolism, I feel that you got the concept across very well, and I envy your ability to work through the design (drawing the outlines) phase so quickly.

Also - For cryin' out loud, would it kill people to read either the artist comments or maybe three other posts? Yeesh. The idea that it "should have been a tiger!" is NOT new. Wow.
How do you not completely freak out at people on a regular basis?
Myct Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
erm... the four sacred animal are dragon, tortoise, phoenix and " tiger ". Kylin is not one of them...
kazminya Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
they look cool. put a tea light candle in 'em and boom you got nifty holders...:)
superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
Feh. A Ki'rin was a sacred beast in it's own right-it's said that one walked by an emperor as he meditated, compelling him to copy the markings on it's back, thus creating chinese calligraphy
AiMeiLing Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Waaa...pretty I want them haha ^^"
Nikki9Tails Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But i'm usually wrong ^-^ the design is still so very stunning. love it
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