The symbolism in this piece from “The Nine Ding of Profound Virtue” pervades the artwork’s composition in both outward boldness and inward contemplation, testifying to the everlasting truth of a simple virtue that stands to the test of time and is seen repeated in traditions. “Ding of Mutual Respect” symbolizes aspirations and humility. Inversely, the taotie motif etched in the hollow relief in the transparent interior symbolizes a gentle love for the heavens and all living things on Earth. The piece alludes to outward bluntness as well as sincere respect that comes from a humble gentleness. Both themes compliment one another for an immensely bold and mighty form.
Bluntness with Respect-Ding of Mutual Respect
Life is rich because of humility. Respect is gained through understanding and breeds harmony.