Auspicious
Collection

A collection of
well-wishes

The Auspicious Series is the inaugural sculpture collection launched by Metakaos Collections. It is borne from an art movement that hopes to inspire the merging of Eastern and Western cultural elements to synthesize a new style of art.

Composed of four Chinese characters, 福 (FU or 'prosperity'), 禄 (LU or 'success'), 寿 (SHOU or 'longevity') and 禧 (XI or 'happiness'), the Series is significant for the well-wishes it represents. In Chinese culture especially, it is regarded as a blessing to have all four elements in one's life. Commonly found in Chinese establishments, cultural clusters, and business premises, they are treated with great importance and reverence.

At first glance, the Chinese characters are not readily apparent, with each sculpture appearing to be a labyrinth of twists and turns. Delve deeper into the artistry behind it and the reason becomes clear. Each character is first written using Chinese calligraphy - an ancient, abstract art form. The character is then brought to life as a three-dimensional sculpture by renowned Singaporean artist, Chua Boon Kee.

Owning The Auspicious Series, is akin to having a slice of art, culture, tradition and aesthetic. When presented together, they are an impressive sight to behold.Available in 18cm, 26cm and 40cm. Comes in Stainless Steel, Bronze and Bronze Gold colours.

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Shou

In Chinese culture, Shou and good health are considered to be sacred blessings of life. To bestow it upon someone is to wish them a long life. This greeting is particularly popular at the birthday celebrations of the elders in Chinese families. Gifts with Shou prominently displayed are favoreds and such gestures embody the wish that the elders will live as long as the legendary mountains in the south of China, matched with good health and fortune.

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Fu

Today, to wish Fu upon another means to bless them with prosperity. It explains why Fu is always referred to in a wide variety of happy occasions and auspicious events. In particular, it is an ubquitous character during the Chinese New Year period; commonly seen in homes, business premises, and on the money-filled red packets that are distributed to the young.

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Lu

Lu originated from feudal China to symbolize holding a rewarding position in the public office. Back then, an appointment as a government official was considered the highest post in life, hence, learned men would study for many years just to qualify. The honor and sense of fulfillment that followed was also thought to be the ultimate success. Over the years, the meaning has evolved to connote satisfaction and happiness through achievements in one's career.

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Xi

Xi is a blessing that everyone, regardless of race, culture or religion, hopes to have. In the strive for happiness, it is often remarked that there is not enough in it in our world. Hence, in Chinese culture, when an occasion such as birth of a newborn child, moving into a new home, family reunions and most importantly, wedding celebrations, is filled with Xi, it is celebrated with much fanfare. The character is conspicuously exhibited at the celebrations, usually depicted in red.

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About Calligraphy

Calligraphy

With more than 4,500 years of history, Chinese calligraphy is regarded as one of the highest forms of Chinese art – conveying thoughts as wells as the abstract beauty of linearity.

As an expressive art, Chinese calligraphic characters are written to reflect the portrait of a person. Through the lines and rhythms, it reflects a person’s emotions, moral integrity, character, education level, accomplishments in self-cultivation, intellectual tastes and approach to life.

Divided into five categories: the seal script (zhuan shu), official script (li shu), regular script (kai shu), running script (xing shu) and cursive script (cao shu). The Auspicious Series is written using the cursive script.