Lilies – especially white ones – have a special significance.  The association with funerals is very recent.  Traditionally white lilies originated  around 1600 BC and were  believed to cool the body and heal the soul.  The flowwer symbolises purity and fertility, representing Madonna in the Christian religion.  In Greek mythology, Hera, the wife of Zeus, was beleived to have concieved the white lily from milk from her breast falling on the earth.  As the Fleur de Lis, the lily symbolises power and appears in coats of arms of many royal families.

This piece is painted on very fine Japanese mulberry paper using traditional black  Sumi and Japanese mineral coloured inks.   It is float mounted and frames in natural oak.  The chop, placed underneath the signature, means  “painting brings peace”.

Size: 450mm x 720mm.