This work is fascinating because, though called a ‘money tree’ the coin-like forms are believed to also represent a joining of heaven, the outer circle, and earth, the inner square. Altogether, with the Queen Mother of the West surmounting the piece, and various immortals and fabulous beasts–and the Buddha—this seems to actually be a representation of the cosmos.
This piece still vibrates with all the massive power and strength of its ritual purpose. It represents the epitome of Shang bronze art and religion.
Liu Guosong is such a master of the brush and knows how to let it sing—he’s been a hero of mine for more than 40 years
I am not sure ANYONE can do inlay mother-of-pearl lacquer quite like the Koreans—and this is a great example
a MASTERPIECE—gotten lost in this painting more than a few times—once I thought I may never get out–but didn’t care
To me this is a tremendous expression of Buddhist devotion and non-being or emptiness
Good old Sekkyakushi. A classic example of earlier Japanese Zen painting. The struggle is ongoing…I am so glad we have this work in our collection
Good old Sekkyakushi. A classic example of earlier Japanese Zen painting. The struggle is ongoing…
Just simply a masterpiece—the purist, yet most profound statement of the potter’s ART
A beautiful and intricate devotional representation of Ganesh/Ganesha—great guardian and protector