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Painting the last South China tiger

By: Lea Holland on Feb. 20, 2010, 5:29 a.m.
Body markings

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Body markings

The artist used a photo of a tiger to begin working on the placement and lines of the tiger's face. The Chinese Year of the Tiger occurs every 12 years and it embodies courage, passion, self-reliance, friendliness, hope and resilience. The tiger is the third sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle, and is admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keeps away the three main tragedies of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts.