This is one of a set of little Chinese figures, made out of willow buds and crab claws and representing fleas! This one is a street vendor. Having seen pictures of them in our database, I was very excited to find them in the store. They are just as amazing in the flesh.
Ma Desheng was one of the founders and leaders of the Xing Xing (Stars) art group, based in Beijing beginning in 1979. Along with Huang Rui, he was the lead organizer of the Xing Xing open-air art exhibition in Beijing on 28 September 1979. This exhibition was significant for being the first non-government-organized art exhibition after the end of the Cultural Revolution. It featured 123 works installed on the exterior fence of the National Art Gallery of China to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the forming of the People’s Republic of China.
Water Album - Clouds Rising from the Green Sea
"Southern Song dynasty painting by Ma Yuan the water map there are 12 segments. Except first paragraph due to torn half site and no figure name outside, remaining figure name respectively is: “hole Chamber wind fine”, “layer wave stacks waves”, “cold Tong Qing shallow”, “Yangtze River spacious”, “yellow countercurrent”, “grievance echo”, “rock sea”, “Lake ripple”, “cloud Shu waves volume”, “Xiao day baking mountain”, and “fine waves drift”. This 12 piece dedicated to draw water, apart from the individual picture with a little rock Bank, no other color, exclusively through the description of water of different gestures, showing many different moods."(translated with Google)