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Parable Painting: Buddha and Monkey

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Paintings: Pre 1900: item # 189896

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Parable Painting: Buddha and Monkey
The Buddha with two attending monks and a prince, all of them contemplating a small monkey, make up the tableau in this late 19th century Burmese temple painting. Done in tempura on cotton, the large painting has a signature in the lower left, although most Burmese artists of the period produced only Buddhist works destined for monasteries or temples and did not establish reputations or followings. The two monks may represent Sariputta and Mogallana, Buddha's two chief disciples. A number of stories from the life and teachings of Buddha involve a monkey. This scene depicts Buddha asking that the rice in the black bowls be shared with the monkey. The painting would have been used to demonstrate the important Buddhist tenet of showing compassion to all living creatures. In the expressions, we can read determination on the part of the Buddha, reluctance on the part of the prince and wide-eyed watchfulness by the monks. The group is pictured next to a small waterfall in the mountains. The painting was folded so there is creasing, as shown on the photo enlargements. Dimensions: height 26" (66 cm), width 44" (112 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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