The Collection: Directional Clarity
The white tiger is a divine mythological beast that guards the cardinal compass direction of the West in ancient Chinese astrology. Represented here in a mighty pose, the tiger stands above an orb tastefully tinted with notes of amber, and etched with the etchings of ancient astrological maps. The piece comes from one of six in the small but powerful 2018 LIULI collection that pays homage to the place that ancient astrology in modern culture and art. In folklore, this guardian deity has been named Jian Bing and, according to legend, its tail would turn white when reaching the age of 500. When correlated with the five principles system of Chinese geomancy, represents the metal element—also the autumn season. Representing these qualities, the white tiger embodies the spirit of kingly nobility, appearing only when a king rules with absolute virtue or when there is peace in the world.