Qin Fengling, Gourd (detail), acrylic on canvas, 51 x 38" [130 x 96 cm], 2008 - SOLD
The bottle gourd is a common Chinese symbol for longevity as well as good luck. It is said that the gourd holds magic nectar which is consumed by deities. The mystery with which many Chinese regard the gourd informs the famous folktale upon which the Disney movie "The Magic Gourd" is based. In the story a magic gourd is able to grant a boy his heart's desire... leading to new troubles for him.