Feng Shui ring. Protection of the taotie dragon. Silver 925, copper. Arizona Turquoise, agate called "nan hong (red from southern Yunnan)
Adjustable silver ring, so perfectly adaptable to all finger sizes, very nice ring for the thumb.
Two versions available, eyes set in turquoise for one, in agate called "nan hong" (southern red) for the other
Taotie is a motif commonly used on Chinese ritual bronze vases of the Shang and Zhou Dynasty. The design usually consists of a zoomorphic mask, described as frontal, bilaterally symmetritic, with a pair of raised eyes and usually without an area of the lower jaw. Some claim that the design can be attributed to jade pieces found in Neolithic sites such as the Liangzhu culture (3310–2250 BC).
In ancient Chinese mythology as "classic of mountains and seas," taotie (饕餮) is one of the "four evil creatures of the world," as are Hundun (混沌), Qiongqi (窮奇) and Taowu (梼杌). On the other side, there are four holy creatures in Chinese mythology called Azure Dragon, Vermilion Bird, White Tiger and Black Turtle. The four are also sometimes friends and juxtapose with the four benevolent animals that are Qilin (麒麟), Dragon (龍), Turtle (龜) and Fenghuang (鳳凰).
The Taotie motif is a stylized and symmetrical representation of an imaginary animal, borrowing some of its features from the dragon (龙 / 龍, lóng, or 夔, kuí). Some other aspects resemble it to the tiger, or even to the ox or the sheep. The animal is described as a ferocious, creature with globular eyes under thick eyebrows, the half-jaw of which is adorned with sharp fangs (the lower jaw is absent). The term tao tie is sometimes rendered by "glutton", also known for its voracity.
It can be observed in two ways:
or like two kui dragons faced, muzzle against muzzle, seen in profile. They then have only one leg, and their tail draws a volute.
either as a mask, with globular eyes, horns, fangs, a jaw, ...
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