Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fortuna Wu rides a tiger

I'm writing a textbook chapter on private transportation (having just written a chapter on public transportation), and on a whim, I typed "riding a tiger" into Google because I was in a silly mood and thinking about unconventional/implausible modes of private transportation. The search somehow led me to photos of several versions of the statue you see below, called by various names, "Fortuna Wu Riding a Tiger" being one of them. I love the god's war face. In some versions of the statue, the tiger also seems to be putting on its war face, but in the photo below, the tiger looks more cheerfully high than actually scary. This sucks out most of the statue's dignity, which is why I love this particular pic:

I'd buy this statue—exactly this one—if I could.

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