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Yukari Kondo – Aun

Posted in National Art Center by tokyobling on March 31, 2012

Here’s a pair of very cute statues of komainu, that you might remember from one of my posts earlier this week, by young artist Yukari Kondo (近藤ゆかり) at Japan Women’s Art University, Joshibi. The title of her work is Aun (阿吽) which is the Japanese way of writing the classical mystic syllable “om” famous from eastern mysticism everywhere! The lion on the right, with the open mouth is said to be forming the “a” of the aun, and the left lion’s closed mouth forms the word “un”. The “a” is the first letter in ancient sanskrit script and “un” is the last, therefore encompassing the whole of existance. In western terms, the phrase “alpha and omega” is familiar to most people (and also being the first and last letters in classical Greek). So there you go, religion, mysticism and art all in one post. I really hope a temple sees her work and exhibit it!




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  1. Timi said, on March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    They are cute, I want one *_* Looks like they are up to some mischief :D

    • tokyobling said, on April 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Indeed! (^-^;)

  2. pk1154 said, on April 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    They remind me of Maurice Sendak. (I’d be looking around for Max.)

    • tokyobling said, on April 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Good catch! I hadn’t thought about it until you mentioned him… (^-^)


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