19th Century China Trade painting on a Bodhi Leaf, likely 1870s or so, comprising a delicate oil painting of of a woman bearing a covered dish, in floral embroidered red robe, on a distinctive heart shaped dried Bodhi leaf, mounted on gilt mat under black bordered and parcel gilt glass pane in original red and gilt rubbed wooden frame.
The Bodhi Tree ("tree of awakening"} or Bodhi Fig Tree is a large and ancient sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa), also called the Bo Tree, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi. The Bodhi Leaf has long been a symbol for peace, happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck. It is a reminder of the ultimate potential that lies within us all.
The symbolic and distinctive leaf, with its heat shape and strong veins, became popular medium for small intimate paintings during the late Q'ing Dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries, and were a curiosity for the West in the China Trade. They were not imported in abundance, and consequently are rather scarce today, especially given their fragile, organic nature.
This leaf and painting is in excellent condition. It is a perfect match to another painting we also have listed.
Measures: 10 7/8 in H x 10 in W