Framed Folk Art Painting, "Legendary Lions"
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Stylized lions guard a bodhi tree in this composition by Parinya Nanjai. They represent Kraisorn Rajasri, a group of pure lions that live in the Himmaphan forest of Hindu myth. It is said that Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating beneath a bodhi tree, which then became known as the "enlightened" tree. Some of these trees in Thailand are said to derive from cuttings of the original bodhi, and people use stakes to prop their branches.
Nanjai names this work "Kraisorn Rajasri," and frames the painting in rain tree wood.