Antique San-shin Paintings
    

from private collections of
friends of mine
RIGHT: from the 18th or 19th centuries.  Daoist cloth-cap, holding a plain staff whose gnarls at the top resemble a dragon's head.  Five boy-attendants [dong-ja], all with a "flying scarf" indicating angelic status, surround the San-shin, way more than usual. Four are merely posed in respect, however (2 have gourd-bottles tied onto their belts).  The fifth holds a tray of persimmon fruit (symbol of fertility).  The tiger is typical Korean-folk style, excellently done.
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LEFT: also from the 18th or 19th century, I would guess.  Daoist cloth-cap, hands resting on his knees. The boy-attendant holds a Meditation-Master's fly-wisk.  Note the very rare leaf-mantle on him, an echo of Korea's mythical Founding-King Dan-gun and China's progenitor-of-civilization Fu-xi (see pages 132-139 in my book).  The San-shin and boy figures in this painting are fairly similar to those in the painting at the bottom of this page.
RIGHT: Early 20th-century, by my best guess.  Quite ordinary in every aspect, except for San-shin's dark-grey hair, crudely exaggerated mustache, and the small green fruit offered by the dong-ja.
RIGHT: painted a few decades ago, in a Buddhist artist's studio. Bullo-cho herbs growing next to San-shin's left hand, very simple background.   Unusual for:  1. San-shin's square-angled grey beard, 2. his royal red robe open to reveal his chest in the style of a Sakyamuni Buddha, and 3. the way that his hands are extending out over his knees but not holding anything, almost like a yogic meditation posture.