I created this oil painting based on a poster that I had seen in a restaurant in China, on the loo! The motive of this monkey left a longer lasting impression, but as I hadn’t taken a photo, I had to paint from memory many months later. It doesn’t look too much like the original, but as far as I recall, my painting came out better actually. The face looks a bit like my brother’s ;-) The original was a color pencil sketch on a ragged piece of paper, with secretive Chinese characters; which I replaced with Japanese characters. Anyone know what the Japanese text means?
I just did a quick check, and I guess that the original had to do with the Chinese zodiac. The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year zodiac cycle. The Years of the Monkey include 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028… The monkey is seen as a smart animal, also in China. During the Chinese Spring & Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the Chinese title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, which is the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey.’ This either shows that the monkey is regarded to be as clever as a marquis… or the subordinates of the marquis had a great sense of humor.
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