|18th-Century San-shin Mountain-Spirit Painting
Emille Museum Collection, #2
original enshrinement and artist unknown
This great antique was one of Dr. Zo's personal favorites. San-shin's hands are empty, just resting on
his knees. Meanwhile, the white halo around his head looks like a Full Moon rising behind him, beaming its light
over the tiger!! The siberian tiger, extra-sacred because all-white, is amusingly sleepy. An alert dongja boy-
attendant holds a Seon meditation-master's fly-wisk. Note the willow-leaf-mantle on his shoulders and belt of
paulowina leaves around his waist -- these motifs signify connection with Korea's mythical founder-king Dan-gun
Wanggeom. All these noted motifs are quite rare -- and therefore important, in light of this icon's old age.
The above antique was
copied by Horae himself in
exact detail to make this new
version, in the late 1990s.