Lotus & Persimmon is pleased to present a number of framed devotional paintings dating from the early to mid-20th century Buddhist revival. Still little known outside of Korea, quality pieces are becoming harder to find within Korea and prices are rising steadily. Exact dates and provenance are difficult to determine because the artists in this genre were traditionally anonymous, and the upheavals of the 20th century in Korea led to the war-time destruction of many temples and homes, and the loss or undocumented dispersal of their contents.
Thai Buddha head in 18th century Ayutthaya style. High quality reproduction cast in bronze and mounted with a black steel rod on a square black wooden base. Dimensions: height 50cm (19.5") including base; height 40cm (16") excluding base; circumference 67cm (26.5"); width 25cm (10"); base 23cm x 23cm (9" x 9").
Vintage Vietnamese scroll painting showing a trio of cranes and other longevity symbols. Probably late 20th century. In excellent condition. Embellished by ornamental gold silk paper bands at the top and anchored by a blue-and-white porcelain rod. Dimensions: length 182cm (71.5"); width 71cm (28"); length of rod 80cm (31.5").
Fine, small-scale bronze replica of the famous gilt-bronze seated image widely known as the Pensive Bodhisattva (National Treasure #78), now in the National Museum of Korea. Also known as 'Maitreya in Meditation.' The figure wears an ornate crown and jewelry, and is elaborately robed. Dimensions: height 22cm (8.5").
Embroidered Peacock Scroll Antique embroidered scroll from Korea depicting a mated pair of peacocks with blossoms and a verse in classical Chinese characters, and embellished with 2 seals. Coloured silk thread on silk. Dimensions: height 167cm (just under 66"); width 47cm (18.5"); length of rod 56cm (a little over 22").