As one of the most widely revered folk heroines of Chinese culture, Mazu is depicted in temples throughout China’s coastal regions and celebrated as one of the bravest women in history. Her story originates from the Fujian province, and is known as the Goddess of the Sea—being worshipped especially by the coastal cultures of Southern China. Inspired by this fabled character’s influence over people’s hearts and the similarity she bares to the bodhisattva Guanyin, LIULI artist Loretta H. Yang designed this artwork to be one that represents benevolence and joy. Combining classical representation with light-bending crystal, the Mazu here sits nobly exuding kindness and compassion.
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 aRuyiin her hand to disseminate auspicious blessings to all.
The most difficult part of sculpting Buddha figurine is capturing the charm and spirit. The smallest modification will create an entirely different mood. Without LIULIGONGFANG’s twenty-seven years experience with lost-wax casting, the execution of this design would be virtually impossible.
Challenges to overcome during firing:
The possibility of breakage is high due to many fine details of the artwork.
The rate of contraction can cause warping and affect the appearance of Mazu.
The intricate dragon details posed the greatest challenge during mold removal. The slightest error would result in breakage. During the firing process, the temperature must be controlled with precision to prevent warping of the final product.
Life of Bliss - MAZU, Protector of Peace Across the Generations
Guardian of peace, Securing the home and all within it.
With Goddess Mazu protecting the earth, Our existence Is filled with the sincerest respect, The most selfless virtue.
Righteousness for all, Tranquility across the generations.
* Why we have unlimited quantity for this design? The design signifies blessing, Loretta H. Yang thinks the blessing should not be limited, she hopes this creation can protect people and giving blessings to people as many as possible.
* Note: As the art pieces are individually hand-made, the color and dimensions will vary slightly.