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Speak No Evil, one of the Three Wise Monkeys (ivory)

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Speak No Evil, one of the Three Wise Monkeys (ivory)

451596 Speak No Evil, one of the Three Wise Monkeys (ivory) by Japanese School; height: 2.8 cm; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK; ( the Three Wise Monkeys are a pictorial maxim, together they embody the proverbial principle to " see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".
see also 451595, 451597 & 451598); eWolverhampton Art Gallery; Japanese, out of copyright

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Covering Hands Maxim Monkey Mouth Okimono Ornament Proverb Proverbial Speak No Evil


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This print showcases a delicate ivory sculpture known as "Speak No Evil, one of the Three Wise Monkeys". Standing at a mere height of 2.8 cm, this exquisite artwork can be found in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in West Midlands, UK. The Three Wise Monkeys are widely recognized as a pictorial maxim that embodies the famous proverbial principle to "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". This particular carving beautifully captures the essence of the monkey covering its mouth with its hands, symbolizing its commitment to refrain from speaking any ill words or engaging in gossip. Crafted by an anonymous Japanese artist and now out of copyright, this ornamental sculpture is not only visually stunning but also holds great cultural significance. The intricate details and skilled craftsmanship evident in this piece highlight the rich artistic tradition prevalent in Asian culture. As you gaze upon this photograph, take a moment to appreciate the profound message it conveys – reminding us all about the importance of choosing our words wisely and refraining from spreading negativity. It serves as a timeless reminder that sometimes silence can be more powerful than speech itself. Whether displayed on your mantelpiece or admired within an art gallery setting, this enchanting depiction of Speak No Evil will undoubtedly captivate viewers with its beauty and thought-provoking symbolism.

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