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In Chinese culture, the heron is a symbol of strength, purity, patience and long life. It is also symbolic among African, Egyptian, and Native American cultures.

In this scene, the wings of a lone white heron whisper through the mist from a waterfall, briefly interrupting a hermit’s meditation. The fleeting moment is depicted against a rocky backdrop inspired by the pinnacles of the Tianzi Mountain National Forest in Hunan, China.

The Korean tray, a casting of 85% mica and graphite, was hand-rubbed and waxed, but otherwise left unfinished.

tabletop feather rock fountain with fog, ivy, handmade bird, and mudman figure
A Zen Moment
23" x 15" x 16"