In the Chinese myths, Suanni is one of the nine sons of dragon king.
It was recorded as a kind of beasts of prays similarly with lions which ate tigers and leopards.
It also meant the head of mighty beasts. It often appeared on the Chinese palace architectures, Buddhism Buddha, porcelain incense burners.
In most cases, it was different to have a standard to differentiate Suanni and lions.
Such as a type of incense burner we often saw, the lion incense burner, but you look it closely, you would found that it had horns.
The lions don’t grow horns. What is it? The only explanation was that it was kylin only from its horns.
Why it was so nondescript?
Actually, frankly speaking, the modern people don’t understand about it, or to say they don’t pay great attention to it.
For example, when I began to do this one, my friends called it the lion incense burner.
But if you stop to think about it, does the lion have a sprawled gesture?
In ancient China, most of the lions had a squat gesture.
If it was a relief, it was all tricks they played on you, because you haven’t seen the sprawled lion before.
Because it is a mythical beast which represents a very deep value of the class attribute.
It is also on behalf of the kingship, privilege and the right of penalty.
So it must be mighty and absolutely can not be sprawled.
Speaking of the northern lions, Beijing has the most of the lions, regardless of the Imperial Palace and other Palaces.
Most people said seeing the lions, it must be said of the Forbidden City.
In fact, this was not right. For instance, there were four best lions in the downtown.
And I’m not even talking about the four lions which set on the both sides of Jinshui Bridge outside of the Tiananmen Square.
Its system level was also the top-level one.
The lions under the Chinese totem pillar of the south bank of Jinshui Bridge were from Ming Dynasty. The stone was excellent.
There were no serious wear and tear during a few hundred years.
Because they were also extremely excellent items when set there in Ming Dynasty.
There were also something to protect them, that was the circle of stones.
The area outside the downtown, it was the Lugou Bridge.
The beasts which sprawled were all Suanni. This was not much to say.
The picture showed below is the standard style of this incense burner.
The head can be removed when you add fragrance.
The photo below is the effect of playing after fine polishment. Can you see that?
It was filled with golden star-spots on its body.
It was made of the compounding materials of Xuande incense burner.
The color was different because of the light and the time of playing.
But you could see that the jewel-like skin color was as smooth as coated with a layer of egg white.
If you need this item to be polished, you can just tell the salesman.
But you must know that fine polishment is the premise. It starts to oxidate instantaneously after polishing.
And the wrapped slurry is just the process of oxidation.
Of course, there are complex metal compounding features and casting including the late related techniques.
It also includes different constitution of different people.
The pictures below demonstrate that the apparently different effects of different people at different time.
The one I played is golden.
The right one of the picture below was which I played for a period of time. How beautiful the material color! It was just a few weeks.
We could really know what it would be one or two years later.
I forgot how long I played with this below. What a beautiful skin color! It was played for a couple of weeks at most.