The sacred image is referred to as Y-Mon and is traditionally hung over the altar table in pagodas, temples and occasionally homes. This particular example is unusually elegant and complex. The name of the image translates to ‘the flaming pearl’ and is a much beloved Taoist symbol associated with good luck and prosperity. It is sometimes also referred to as the ‘Wish Granting Pearl.’ This antique silk artifact has been framed with cream silk, teak wood and glass. Some reflection off the glass was unavoidable when photographing this artifact.
Actual Image: 43cm x 23cm, 17in x 9in
Frame: 61cm x 41cm, 24in x 16in
Provenance: Art Gallery, Hanoi
Period: 19th century