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This listing is a set of three pints. Pink Chinese Lattice Background prints of "The Three Wise Monkeys." The pink was custom matched with one of Lee Jofa's Lilly Pulitzer fabrics.

The inspiration for The Three Wise Monkeys comes from a carving above the portico of a 17th century temple in Japan called the Nikko Toshogu Shrine which includes a carving of the three wise guardian monkeys in a representation of a sacred stable. In Japanese 'don't see, don't hear and don't speak' (loosely known as 'see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil') is translated as 'mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru'. The word for monkey 'saru' sounds the same as the verb-ending 'zaru' (which means 'not') so the origin of these famous monkeys may be a Japanese play on words. The "three wise monkeys" or three mystical apes ("sambiki saru") are the attendants of Shuomen Kongo, sometimes also Sarutahiko or Koshin. They are (1) Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; (2) Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and (3) Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. However, the maxim probably originally came with Buddhism from India via China in the 8th Century (associated with Vadjra who taught that if we do not hear, see or speak evil, then we will be spared evil). The “fourth” ape is a recent invention and may be seen occasionally in humorous netsuke as “do no evil” (“Shizaru”)

This image will be printed on the heaviest Hahnemuhle paper which is the highest quality paper available. I use a Canon Pixma Pro-5000 printer (professional grade) with an eight ink system. In addition, I exclusively use ChromaLife100 inks for beautiful, long-lasting color. The quality of paper combined with the quality of my printer creates a beautifully saturated fine art giclee.

Orders are printed and filled once per week with a FRIDAY PURCHASE DEADLINE. Packages are typically shipped the following Monday and in most instances USPS is used. ORDERS PLACED AFTER THE FRIDAY DEADLINE WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY. Your print(s) will be packaged safely inside a cello sleeve with two pieces of cardboard for reinforcement and shipped in a sturdy, flat mailer.

No watermark on purchased prints.

Artist holds copyright. No reproduction of this image is allowed without permission from artist. All rights reserved.

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Lilly Pink Three Wise Monkeys Set Giclee

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mac, photoshop, hahnemuhle paper, canon printer
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Texas, United States
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