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Antique Munjado Painting of the Ancient Confucian Virtue of Trust

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Antique Korean Munjado Painting of the Ancient Confucian Virtue of Trust. Munjado paintings are unique visual representations of the eight Confucian virtues, with the character for the word accompanied by creatively rendered images that symbolize that virtue. The character rendered here is 'shin', trust. On the right, the goose, symbol of fidelity because it mates for life, is carrying in its beak a message from the blue jay with a human head on the left. The goose is to deliver this message to King Mok to meet at the Jade Lake. The blue jay represents the Queen Mother of the West, Seowangmo. The mythical Queen Mother held a banquet every three thousand years where her guests would partake of the Magical Peaches of Immortality. The half-human half-bird sits atop a peach tree in bloom. The meaning here is that words in a message have meaning only when there is trust. A rare and beautiful work of Joseon era Korean folk art. 22.5 x 12.5 inches, 57 x 32 cm.