A smooth layering of colors seeps into the artwork here from its focal point—the qilin. The mythical animal has been believed by the Chinese to be the amalgamation of all the divine creatures’ most notable traits. Qualities such as strength, humility, wisdom, and righteousness are all represented in this heavenly balance of characters. This age-old narrative has been reinterpreted over the ages in many art forms and stories, but the prevailing theme conveys the same lesson of righteousness and cosmic balance to be emulated. Here, in “Sun Dance,” the mythical qilin prevails over the heavenly bodies—sun and moon, radiating joy over the world.
It moves heaven and earth with its prowess yet never disturbs grass nor insect. Benevolence and kindness uphold righteousness and proclaim the broadness of humanity and everlasting goodness.