The wild boar is a traditional game animal of most of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes. It is also the subject matter of a variety of works produced by Fuzu Hamowana, an artist from the Tsou tribe, including this limited edition cup and saucer set. The cup features a wild boar in yellow against a black background, while the saucer is decorated with an armband traditionally worn by Tsou tribal warriors who had proven their prowess on the battlefield. This artist produced four cup and saucer set designs based on traditional Tsou cultural symbols. They were honored with a Taiwan design award and were part of a special exhibition at the National Museum of Prehistory in Taiwan.
Fuzu Hamowana is a member of the Tsou tribe of Taiwan, living in Laiji Village in the Alishan (Mt. Ali) area. She spent much of her youth in urban areas, returning to her mother’s village ten years ago. She is already an accomplished artist having mastered ceramics, oil painting and wood carving. Fuzu Hamowana is currently focused on wood art with the wild boar, a traditional food source for the tribe, as the main theme. One day while she was away from the village her mother slaughtered her pet boar for food, an experience that influences her art today.