The Japanese sculptor Yoshimasa Tsuchiyato with the series of sculptures Private Myth disrupts the idea that Europeans can have classical mythology. No women with arch in the shoulder and deer, No magical Lightning Maker… the sculptures of Tsuchiya are inspired by mythology and Japanese folklore, that is as far removed from the image of the figure of a Western myth.
For what concerns me, contemporary Japanese sculpture of Tsuchiya is the equivalent static animated masterpieces Hayao Miyazaki: a strange world, mysterious and often quite complicated to understand thoroughly.
The mystery of Oriental myth and tradition is represented in these marvelous sculptures from soft colors and delicate, just mentioned, they see the wood grain, that however erect majestic and fairs. Among the mythological characters represented are:
the Baku (a species of tapir that often finds in Buddhist temples) that feeds the human nightmares;
the Kirin (the Japanese Unicorn ) who protects the righteous and virtuous which brings immense Fortune, but that kills the wicked with his single horn. Legend has it that both appeared to Confucius's mother to announce the birth of a great Sage.
The Ningyo The Mermaid brings misfortune and storms if sighted on a beach brings war or natural disasters.
Private Myth Japanese sculpture Yoshimasa Tsuchiya
The collection is called Private Myth and you can see on the site Yoshimasa Tsuchiya.