Tesshu’s Tiger is a reproduction of a calligraphy by the 19th century Japanese Master Yamaoka Tesshu (1836- 1888).
Tesshu was a Master of Sword, Zen, and Calligraphy.
This Cream and Black piece made of Travertine and black Granite only is mounted in a wooden Frame. I made it for a Japanese friend of mine, also talented Sword practitioner.
In Taoist tradition, Dragon and Tiger are another way to symbolize Yin and Yang.
This Dragon mosaic is also paired with its counterpart, Tesshu’s Dragon.
Tesshu’s Tiger was made according to the reverse method, Upside down, Mirror image. What you see here is the back of the mosaic on January 29, 2013.
I take great pleasure in realizing mosaics of Chinese calligraphies, rendering the impression of the ink on the paper is a very interesting task, you have to lay your stone tesserae as if they were droplets of watery ink. There is a lot of visualization to be done while doing this. Having myself studied Calligraphy with a Korean Master years ago is a source of inspiration for the task.