The Mythical Beasts From The Unknown,
Project NAGA, a home-grown deskmats project brought to life with the intricate style of art from local illustrator/animator Milton, with inspiration sparked from our cultural background and wild imaginations.
NAGA, derived from the word 'serpent' in Sanskrit, exists in different religions, cultures and folklore, especially in Chinese culture in Malaysia. It often represents 'dragon', which is a depicture of power, strength, propitious, prosperity and an auspicious sign. It is the heart of the project, to encase the mythical creature onto the tabletop.
The design of the deskmats are based on the depiction of dragons from Chinese folklore, with features that are different from other dragons in other types of dragons in various folklore, including the four legs, anthropomorphic facial features with beards and wingless. Instead of having scales, the artist took a twist on designing the skin with a jade-like texture, further imbuing deeper meanings as jade represents beauty, grace, renewal, longevity and immortality. The jade-like texture on the lively dragons offers the meaning of a transition from an object such as a jade statue, but slowly coming to life. The dragons hold two Wish-Fulfilling pearls, with inspirations from the Dragon Ball and Chinese culture, where the pearls represent the radiance of the sun that brings luminance to all darkness and grants true joy.
The words in the background bring in the idea of the basic elements of the universe which are Fire, Water, Wood, Earth. These elements are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. As appears in the background of the designs, it only consists of Fire, Water, Wood and Earth. The final element will be your prized keyboard, to complete the cycle of the elements.
Empowers wisdom and wealth, both deep as the ocean bed and still as the serene sea, while sometimes dynamic and flowing, like a river but with crushing waves.
Burning passion and forms inspiration from within. With scarlet red representing explosions of emotions, fame and power.
Stability, well-being and nourishment. It creates boundaries for those that fell ungrounded. Represents generosity and care towards living things.
Kindness, growth and healing. It holds the energy of stimulating growth and progress in serenity, with the colour of the forest and nature, together with the power of new beginnings.
Paying no mind to others, it takes the shapes of any living creatures from time to time throughout the ages. It represents adaptability and hustle always alone but managed to stay on the peak of the world.