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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

LACMA has a permanent exhibit of Japanese art that is rather cool. They built a building specifically for it that uses fiberglass filters on the windows and running water to create the effect that you are in a Japanese country-side home surrounded by shoji screens. One thing that I thought was cool is they had a tiger/dragon scroll. You can click on the image to see a larger version that shows some of the brush detail - I think the dragon is particularly cool. In the extended entry I also posted some pictures of Bishamonten, the Guardian of the North, squashing a demon beneath his feet, and the Carefree Hotei, painted by Zen Monk Fugai Ekun.

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Two paintings of Hotei by Fugai Ekun. In the first, the Zen Monk Hotei crosses a stream. In the second, "Carefree Hotei points the way to the moon (enlightenment) but warns not to concentrate on the finger (the teachings)."
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I have received three e-mails about the LACMA art. They were mostly nagging to photograph the work to add to my portfolio. A pleasure to meet someone new.


I was wondering, in Bishamonten's left hand, is he holding a Pagoda, as often is depicted in other statues and such, or is it a stupa?

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