The 4th Monkey (Portrait) Light
The three wise monkeys are a pictorial maxim. Some simply take the proverb as a reminder not to be snoopy, nosy and gossipy. “See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil” is also often used to describe someone who doesn’t want to be involved in a situation, or as subliminal message “Mind your own business” or “Be mindful of others”. In English, the monkeys’ names are often given as Mizaru, covering his eyes; Mikazaru, covering his ears; and Mazaru, covering his mouth. There is also a fourth monkey, Shizaru, covering his crotch, who symbolises the principle of “Do no Evil” and which has been ‘abstractly’ depicted in this piece by the deliverate positioning of the light source in the middle monkey’s abdomen.
Mixed media: hand-crafted tassel
40W bulb: included
Dimensions: Width: 27.2 cm, Height: 85 cm
Shadow Projection (approx.): Width: 50 cm, Height: 195 cm