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Related Article: Mazu in Wikipedia
As part of the series on the fabled heroine Mazu, this artwork depicts the goddess of the sea mounted on a dragon, travelling between the realms of heaven and earth. The inspiration for the piece comes from Loretta H. Yang’s affinity with bodhisattvas, and Mazu’s striking resemblance to the bodhisattva Guanyin in her benevolence. With roots in the Northern Song era (hence her attire) Mazu was immortalized for her immense bravery on the sea. Moreover, she is revered for her kindness. LIULI artists invested tremendous energy into the technicality and details of this piece so as to allow that quality of compassion to shine through with the crystal glass. For those who know the story of Mazu, they may appreciate the wisdom that true bravery lies in kindness.
The Goddess Mazu is typically depicted in a seated position until the first standing sculpture of Mazu was discovered in 1989. Even today, the image of Mazu atop a dragon in the water is deep rooted in the peoples hearts, a symbol of protection for all.
Because Mazu is from the Northern Song, she wears clothes associated with those times. She rides an auspicious dragon between heaven and earth, a protector of peace and a symbol of her inclusive benevolence.
Mazu has a dignified and benevolent appearance and a refined bearing. Her dress moves with the wind, representing the tranquility of harmony.
Mazu holds a Ruyi in her hand to disseminate auspicious blessings to all.