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Mountain Village Painting and Poem, Renowned Buddhist Monk Su An Sunim

Mountain Village Painting and Poem, Renowned Buddhist Monk Su An Sunim


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Painting and Poem, Mountain Village on the River, by the Renowned Korean Buddhist Monk Artist Su An Sunim, beautifully captured in the brushstrokes of his contemplative Zen Buddhist style. The pair of cranes is an ancient symbol of eternal love, because it was believed that the long-living crane mated for life. The crane has further special meaning in Buddhism. The bodhisattvas change themselves into cranes so they can fly around the world helping those in need. In this painting, the cranes are acting as village guardians. They are in conversation as they fly and watch over the village. The mountain and river here hold further meaning from centuries-past. A painting of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) is more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented, by the mountain, river, and human figures, respectively. One boy in this painting is playing a flute as he rides an ox. The other is carrying a wooden "A"-frame on his back. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Ink and colors on paper. 35 x 24 inches, 89 x 61 cm.