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Posted 10/01/2015   7:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Folklore Statues

Let's begin with The Monkeys' Fountain in Ouchy (nr Lausanne) CH.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys ... the origin is Japanese?

I always thought that this trope began with Moe, Larry & Curly

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/s/ ikeyPikey

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Posted 05/01/2018   12:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's the Japanese carving of the Three Monkeys (Sanzaru) that popularized the proverb, on the Sacred Stable at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, dating from 1636. I bought this postcard when I was there in 2009.




Speaking of monkeys, here's the Eulenspiegelbrunnen (Eulenspiegel Fountain) in Braunschweig, Germany. Till Eulenspiegel was a legendary prankster, who is supposed to have been born around 1300 in Kneitlingen, near Braunschweig. Surrounding the fountain are figures of owls and monkeys, alluding to a story in which Eulenspiegel posed as a baker's apprentice in Braunschweig.


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A bit of a s-t-r-e-t-c-h, but what topic does not need a little s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g now & again?


Quote:
... William Ricketts (18981993) was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement ... the power of his vision of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world was his general message throughout his artworks ...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ricketts

If I understand correctly, this is a clay statue of the remains of a tree, after a forest fire, that was then carved into a statue.







Edited to add: Anybody else notice the unusual deckling on this card? Not the usual continuous rouletting.
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Here's an older (1907) postcard of the Three Monkeys at Nikko. Uncle Louis writes from Yokohama to his niece Frieda in Chicago: "Behold the 3 monkeys. 1 holds his hands over his eyes: he sees no evil. The other over his ears, he hears no evil & the 3d over his mouth & he speaks no evil. Always follow their principle & the profession will do well."

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