Naeyeon-san Area
Obong-san
Daewon-sa
Striking Modern Temple with Great San-shin Icon
near Chilpo Beach, Northern area of Pohang City
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Dale's Korean Temple Adventures
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This magnificent modern Sanshin painting has many highly unusual and striking motifs -- first of all the
vivid rainbowish colors of the "striped" background; and especially the quadruple bird-winged crown.  
In addition, he holds his white-feather fan unusually high, he is sitting in "full-lotus" position like a Buddha
or monk; a phoenix is flying-in in the upper-left corner, a
dongja-boy holds a large leaf-fan on the far-left,
and 2
dongja (1 appearing to be an adult man) are coming in on clouds within the curve of the tiger's tail.
The Sanshin has a quadruple bird-winged crown, similar to motifs of Dongjjin-bosal;
and he holds his white-feather fan unusually high, to shoulder-level -- more Shamanic.
Within the curve of the tiger's tail, two figures are approaching in, in or on mushroom-like clouds, which
means they are coming from a heavenly realm.  At rear is an ordinary
dongja-girl, offering nothing; but
in front of her appears to be an adult man, with hands folded in the prayer-position -- with buddhist
clothing, but with hair so not a monk -- could be the man who imagined or commissioned this artwork.
a phoenix is flying-in in the upper-left corner;  phoenixes are common in Oriental paintings but rare in Sanshin icons.
The tiger is vividly colorful, roaring upwards, and has the folk-humor "leopard spots"
a White Crane is in the pine branches in the upper-left
The Sanshin sits  in "full-lotus" position like a Buddha or practicing monk.
The Sanshin wears a quadruple bird-winged crown, two sets of wings of different sorts; similar to
motifs of
Dongjjin-bosal;.  similar to but iconographically different from the fish-spike crowns worn
by
Yong-wang;  the bird on the top of his crown may be intended to be a gareung-binga  [가릉빈가,  
迦陵頻伽, holy bird], an imaginary creature with the body of a bird and the head of a human; described
in Buddhist sutras as having a melodious voice that leads people towards the Dharma,  found in the
decorations on
buldan [Buddhist altars] -- but might have a more Shamanic meaning.   Anyway, this
is a nearly unique motif in a Sanshin painting -- and the only other instances are in this same region.