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The inspiration for this case was taken from the art of the
Dunhuang Grottoes in China. An excerpt from the documentary page on
Dunhuang is below and the full article is found
"Dunhuang is located
in the southwest of Gansu. The ancient Silk Road passed here after Gansu
Corridor. Dunhuang was the last stop on the Silk Road before the West
Asia, also the last stop for an east-bound journey before the Central
Plain. The significance of Dunhuang lies in its grottoes, mural caves
refusing to go under yellow sands. These grottoes are museums of ancient
arts and the intersection of Western and Oriental civilizations. These
caves document cultural exchanges, a witness of the significant Silk
Road. Among all, Mogao Grottoes are representative. These caves were cut
on a cliff 25 kilometers southeast to Dunhuang, on a mount called
Mingsha. Beginning from AD 366, during the ensuing 1000 years, more
stone caves were seen, eventually formed a 1680-meter long south-north
complex, with 735 caves from different dynasties."
For this case we chose to show the musical
and dancing figures and flying deities, or flying fairies, that come from India
and are represented with Chinese features. Music and dance symbolize energy,
vitality, peace, and cosmic togetherness. When cultures meet peacefully they
celebrate through elaborate dancing and festivity. In the Dunhuang Grottoes the
ceilings are full of deities playing instruments and twirling through the air.
Most of the representations have a Buddhist influence as the caves were
decorated primarily for Buddhist worship and as living space for Buddhist monks.
Again, for the canvas I chose to use the
scallop pattern that has become the standard for cue cases throughout the world.
I first designed this pattern in 1992. Although I am designing many new
patterns I chose to use this one because it is a challenge for tooling artists
to make designs that fit the pattern with close tolerances.
other than it is a one of a kind and will not be repeated. It is signed
"John Barton 10-2007 1 of 1"