|Brian Bowden | profile | all galleries >> Glass ORBits - Contemporary Art Glass Marbles and Other Art Glass For Sale! >> Yoshinori Kondo Marbles and Pendants For Sale >> #84: "Shori Kaiju" Size: 2.13" Price: $6,300||tree view | thumbnails | slideshow|
This marble features some of the best dot stacked faces and figures that I've seen yet in Yoshi's work! Look at the patterns on the side - turn it one way and you see a fiery forehead monster. Turn it the other way and you see a full bodied bug-eyed figure who seems to be trying to tame the monster. Underneath these layers, more in the center of the marble, you see a crazy complex layered marble unto itself, which is then wrapped up with the monsters outside. This marble is pure and majestic brilliance, the likes of which only Yoshi can create!!
Yoshi didn't used to make marbles with only black and white colors. In Japan, these colors signify death, prevalent at funerals, while red signifies life and luck. However, here in America we often associate these colors with winning (the checkered flag), and so Yoshi now will occasionally make some black and white only's. This marble is ABSOLUTELY winning, and what is better than Winning Monsters, WOOOHOO!! Signed with Yoshi's signature YK opal, along with '14' in ti pen for the year.
Yoshi has created special boxes for these amazing creations of his, the newer marbles from 2014 on, and this gem comes in one of those! The last two pics show one of these boxes, and it comes complete with a removable black felt base which the marble can rest on either inside or outside of the box, depending on where you want to place the base. There are two nice little black pillows inside the box which hold the marble in place as the box clicks shut. It is a heavy, extremely well-crafted box that is lacquered to a deep, shiny black finish. This box then comes inside another black storage box. The whole design is extraordinarily brilliant, bringing a touch of class to marbles that deserve it far above and beyond all others. Yoshi is an artist at the highest level of artistry, and he respects his work on a level like it truly should be respected. Please forgive the bright shining dust in the pics - some of those particles fought a tough battle in trying to cling to this beautiful box. The box is WAAAAY better in hand, trust me.