The 360º Project | Voyage of the Chinese Junk at 32º

Dragon Head

Dragon Head | Pic Credits & Rights: Soni Somarajan

My friend’s wife picks up curios by the dozens when she is traveling, and every time I visit their home, there are new ones that grab my attention. This time, it was a Chinese Dragon junk on their coffee-table.

It’s an intricate design in wood, with a motley bunch of characters on the deck. I don’t know what it implies – whether it’s inspired by some Chinese classic or folk-tale. The bow of the boat metamorphoses into a dragon head – a ball caught in its jaws, and its bared fangs perceptibly lending a fearsome air.

The character nearest to the bow, whom I assume to be a lady, seems to be lost in some private reverie of hers.

Some thought that lends a mournful air to a pretty face.

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2 Responses to The 360º Project | Voyage of the Chinese Junk at 32º

  1. Ash March 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Looks interesting. I too used to be a curio/souvenir fan but I don’t bother with them these days. The only thing I bring back these days from my trips is lots of photographs!

    Beautiful writing, as always.

  2. Soni Somarajan March 28, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Thx. I really liked this curio, Ash. It was a bit dusty too, and that has lent a layer of ‘period’ to the piece.

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