Daum Crystal Zhao by Paul Beckrich, Limited Edition

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Interested in a wide range of creative media, Paul Beckrich became fascinated with using enamel figures and sculpture as his main forms of art. His three guiding principles are movement, expression and material. He crafted a realistic depiction of an iconic figure from the Tang dynasty, Wu Zetian, by imagination alone and was inspired by her strong will and power Wu Zetian is the only woman to have ruled China as an empress and is revered for being the first woman to have established her own dynasty, which lasted over 50 years. During her reign, she created a Chinese character, Zhao, which means light of the sun and the moon illuminating the earth – Wu Zetian regarded herself metaphorically to be Zhao, which is why she later also adopted the name Wu Zhao. Beckrick's use of the transparency and the brightness of pâte-de-crystal immortalizes Zhao and allows her tol transcend time and instill a sense of intensity and power to every onlooker today.

Every Daum crystal is made using the rare and ancient "Pâte de Verre" glassmaking method, which dates back to 5,000 BC. It involves melting many fragments of colored crystal within a mold, resulting in intense colors against a subtly shaded background. Handmade in France. Limited edition of 8.

Measures 13¾" x 19¾" x 34¼" h.

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Item #: DAU05246-1

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