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(PRWEB) December 27, 2006
The i4uuu Collection Museum announces the acquisition of a Chinese literati art masterpiece, a bamboo brush pot or Bitong by Zhu Sansong (active 1573-1619) of the Jiading School. The rare and important bamboo brush pot will be exhibited at i4uuu Collection Museum in Taipei from January 5th, 2006 for three months. The online exhibition is ongoing at the i4uuu Collection Online Museum at http://www.asianartmuseum.org
The exhibition of this exquisite Chinese bamboo brushpot is prompted by the recent record-breaking auction sales of two Chinese bamboo brush pots by the 17th Century bamboo carver Gu Jue (1662-1722). A Brushpot carved with minute details to depict travelers in a mountain landscape, and signed by the master carver, Gu Jue, who was active in the late 17the Century was sold by Christie’s in May, 2005 for an astounding price of HK$ 11,000,000 or approximately US$ 1,400,000. Another brush pot by the same carver from the Mary and George Bloch Collection was sold by Sotheby’s in October, 2005 for HK$ 5,200,000 or approximately US$ 650,000. The amazing price achieved for Chinese bamboo carving has placed this art form back to the favorite acquisition list of Chinese art patrons. i4uuu Collection Museum is proud to present in the time of renewed interests in Chinese bamboo carving art a beautiful bamboo brush pot by the master carver, Zhu Sansong.
Zhu Sansong is the youngest of the three Zhu masters of the late 16th Century in the Jiading, Jiangsu Province. His works and those of his father, Zhu Ying (1520-1587), are characterized by original compositions of figures in nature, elegant spatial layout, and a keen interest in the characters’ interaction through eye contacts, expression and posture. The Zhu family founded the Jiading school of bamboo carving and their followers such as Gu Jue and Wu Zhifan flourished until the eighteenth Century.
The i4uuu brush pot has openwork carving as the other known Zhu Sansong work, an incense holder, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. The openwork relief depicts ” Wang Xizhi bartered his calligraphy for a beloved Goose”, the legendary story of the 4th Century master calligrapher, Wang Xizhi (303-379 AD) who would use his calligraphy in exchange for a goose. The round bamboo section is intricately carved with openwork depicting Wang Xizhi at the writing table while another literati sitting next to him enjoying his performance and excited about the exchange. An attendant is standing by the two literati holding books and tending the lovely goose. The playful goose keeps his eyes on the present and future masters. Two more attendants on the backside of the brush pot are tending to tea-making and flower arrangement for their master. All this is arranged in a rocky outdoor setting underneath a pine tree with a scaly trunk and twisting branches. The inscription preceding the signature reads Su Zhong Long Erh Gong, Her Zheng Bie Zhu Ren (Calligraphy is to pamper the caged goose who would never think of leaving his master). The signature following the inscription is the artist’s signature in archaic characters, Li Shu or Li style calligraphy, which reads ” San Song”. A two character rectangular seal follows the signature. This brush pot is a true testimony of the old Chinese text account of Jiading school bamboo carving as ” to use knife instead of brush to draw painting and write calligraphy”. The fact that the signature is in archaic characters and that there is a carved seal of the carver is consistent with signature style of other Jiading school carvers such as Zhu Ying, Gu Jue, and Wu Zhifan.
Extant works of Zhu family are extremely rare. Other known Zhu Sansong bamboo carving works are in the collections of the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As previously mentioned, the i4uuu brush pot shares the same carving style and exquisite quality with the incense holder in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The well-known brush pot with Zhu Sansong signature in the National Palace Museum has shallow relief carving with neither openwork nor original compositional design. The composition is the direct copy of a woodblock print by the Ming painter, Chen Hongshou (1598-1652). The book was published in the 10th year of Chongzhen Period (1637) when Zhu Sansong was either dead or not active at the time. This leads to the conclusion that the National Palace Museum brush pot is a later work with apocryphal signature. (ref. James Watt, “Official art and Commercial art,” in Wen C. Fong & James C. Y. watt, “Possessing the Past, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1996, pp. 465-467). According to a book by Jin Yuanjue of the 18th Century, Biography of Bamboo Carvers or Zhu Ren Lu, the characteristics of Zhu family bamboo carvers’ art are original composition of scenes rivaling the best paintings, skillful use of knife as if it is a painter’s brush and extensive use of deep openwork and high relief technique. Based on the criteria set by Jin Yuanjue, it would be safe to conclude that the two Chinese bamboo works signed by Zhu Sansong in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and i4uuu Collection Museum are both original works by the Ming Dynasty master and the one in the National Palace Museum is a later copy with apocryphal signature.
Sotheby’s HK$ 5,1600,000 Chinese Bamboo brush pot
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About i4uuu Collection Museum
i4uuu Collection Museum is a museum established by the internet conglomerate, i4uuu Group. The i4uuu Collection consists of more than 2000 important Asian art works collected in the span of 20 years by the founder of i4uuu Group. The Collection is known for its holdings of Asian sculpture, East Asian painting and calligraphy, oriental ceramics and Zen art. The Museum attained world fame in early 2005 when it announced the existence of the original 13th Century manuscript of the important Zen Buddhism book, Mumonkan or the Gateless Gate. The Museum website is http://www.asianartmuseum.org
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Just days after the Chinese Government has slammed both Google and Hilary Clinton for getting in the way of its rigid censorship laws and warned President Obama against meeting with the Dali Lama, emerging US publisher of geek fiction, Trapdoor Books, announces that its new book The Magician of Lhasa cannot be printed in China because it portrays the 1959 Chinese occupation of Tibet in less than flattering terms.
Chris Matney, Publisher at Trapdoor Books says: ?Although we print our books primarily in the US, local off-shore production for worldwide sales reduces the ecological impact of shipping and is a responsible alternative. But because of the censorship issue, we?ve decided to print The Magician of Lhasa only in the US. It?s an amazing paradox that the book has just been approved for reading in the US prison system, but is considered to be so counter-revolutionary that China won?t touch it.?
The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie describes the flight of a lama and his two novice monks from Tibet in 1959, being pursued by Red Army soldiers and facing treacherous conditions in the Himalaya mountains. Just as Salman Rushdie?s ?Satanic Verses? so enraged the Muslim establishment that a fatwa was declared on him, and Dan Brown?s ?Da Vinci Code? earned him the condemnation of The Vatican, behind its standard ?no comment? exterior the Chinese government seems rattled by the prospects of a popular new novel drawing attention to its own record of human rights abuses in Tibet.
David Michie, best-selling author of the non-fiction book Buddhism for Busy People and a long-term Western Buddhist says: ?The Government in China seems to have learned nothing from its past mistakes. One of the main reasons why they invaded Tibet in 1959 was to crush Tibetan Buddhism, but all they succeeded in doing was successfully exporting it to the West. Their continued persecution of documentary makers, authors and other artists, far from protecting their reputation, is only making it dramatically worse.?
The Magician of Lhasa is available across North America in hardcover, trade paperback and various e-book formats. The book is available on the Trapdoor Books website (http://www.trapdoorbooks.com) or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers.
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Research published in the scientific journals Integrative Cancer Therapies and Oncology Reports showed that Reishi inhibited highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells. Another study in Immunological Investigations (2005) revealed it promoted anti tumor activity. Biological response modifiers (BRM’s) are evolving as the fourth method of cancer treatment in addition to surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Reishi is a BRM with an extraordinary effect on the maturation, differentiation and proliferation of many kinds of immune cells and is a proven potent activator of interferon, interleukins, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), natural killer cells (NK), T lymphocytes, tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL’s) and lymphokine activated killer cells (LAK).
Hundreds of studies over the last 20 years have confirmed the ability of medicinal mushroom polysaccharides to elevate levels of cytokines (chemical messengers) that alert the immune system and boost its activity. Cancer Research UK produced the world’s most comprehensive review of their benefits and found increasing evidence that medicinal mushrooms contain a remarkable array of medicinally important compounds that could have a highly beneficial influence on the way cancer is treated.
A fully functional immune system is critical to the recognition and elimination of tumor cells. The increased incidence of spontaneous tumors in immunosuppressed individuals indicates that the immune system provides an substantial defense mechanism for resistance against cancer. Research noted, “It was evident from clinical trials that Reishi significantly enhanced the immune systems of the elderly people taking it.”
Extracts from medicinal mushrooms have been used to improve quality of life for cancer patients when taken prior to and during radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy invariably damage or weaken the patient’s immunological defenses. Although responding favorably, cancer patients are in danger of opportunistic infections that can invade their systems because unfortunately the therapy designed to kill the pathogenic cells also kills their protective immune cells. A combination of Reishi and Cordyceps has been clinically tested for cancer treatment support with good results. Researchers believe that a mixture of mushroom polysaccharides maximizes the immune response by providing multiple stimuli.
Medicinal mushrooms are thought to have latent cancer preventative properties. Epidemiological studies in Japan and Brazil suggest that regular consumption significantly reduces the levels of cancer incidence. A 14-year study in Japan revealed cancer rates of workers at medicinal mushroom farms were 1 in 1000 compared to 1 in 600 for the general population. The distinguished Japanese surgeon, Dr Morishige incorporates Reishi into cancer treatments and after years of studying it believes it can help to prevent cancer.
Reishi is a powerful antioxidant free radical scavenger. Free radicals causing oxidative damage to cells are thought to be a contributing factors in ageing and have been implicated in many diseases, including cancer. Recent research in Science Express and reported by Reuters and BBC News proved that reducing free radical damage enabled a 20% longer life span with less heart and other age-related diseases. A compound in Reishi, GLB7, actually slows the production of free radicals.
Reishi has been rated China’s top medicinal herb for over 2000 years with Ginseng in second place and so highly treasured it was traded for its own weight in gold and once only available to Emperors. Now it is the most important and most thoroughly researched herb in the Orient. Reishi contains more than 200 active and unique compounds, including the most biologically active obtainable from plant sources. Its dynamic antioxidant action and immune stimulating effects have earned it many names including, “The Long Life Herb”, “The Great Protector” and even “God’s Herb”.
As well as its potent immune boosting effects Reishi has the extraordinary capacity to regulate and balance the immune system when it is overactive and has over compensated in autoimmune conditions like allergies. It also inhibits histamine release from mast cells and is anti inflammatory making it effective against all four types of allergic reactions.
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