Sanzaru (三猿) is the Japanese name of the Three Wise Monkeys that embody the statement “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” The source that popularized the philosophy stems from a 17th-century carving above a door in the famous Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko, Japan, and is believed to incorporate Confucius’s Code of Conduct. The original teaching had nothing to do with monkeys and the concept arose from a simple play on words. The Japanese translation of “mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru” (見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる) or, “see not, hear not, speak not,” contains the syllables “zaru,” which matches a modified form of “saru,” meaning monkey.
Available in two sizes. Frame not included.
- Material: Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell 270gsm acid-free card from GF Smith
- Printing process: Archival giclee pigment ink
- Origin: Printed and hand-cut in Nottingham, United Kingdom
Delivery times & prices
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- UK deliveries: 3-4 working days via Royal Mail 1st class
- International deliveries available via Royal Mail International Standard Airmail
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Due to travel arrangements, I will be shipping these prints around August 18, 2017.