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Fortune 12
AC1978.0003
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This double-sided openwork relief sculpture by the master Cheung Yee is modeled with four totem poles. Each tortoise shell is carved with round holes that look like limpets and almond-shaped holes that represent the indentations, and the wriggling worms eaten traces link up various front and back void spaces. This representative work conveys an archaic and mythical aura with a touch of solemnity and dynamism.

History of the Object
Cheung Yee is an acclaimed Hong Kong artist who is able to master diversified artistic creations. His sculptures and prints possess a strong personal style with a unique vocabulary by borrowing archaic Chinese motifs such as ancient oracle bone scripts, tortoise shell as well as primitive art.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood relief, double side 
Measurements
274.5 x 274.5 x 15 cm 
Creator name
Cheung Yee 
Creator date
1936 -  
Where it was made
China; Hong Kong 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1976 
Function
Sculpture 
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 1978. 
Copyright
Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Government of the HKSAR All rights reserved  
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Owner
Government property, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 
Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art 
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