Chinese X Jewish cultures

Song of Songs

Acrylic on Canvas, 40x60cm, 2020

A beautiful verse from “Song of Songs”, written by King Solomon, יִשָּׁקֵ֙נִי֙ מִנְּשִׁיק֣וֹת פִּ֔יהוּ כִּֽי־טוֹבִ֥ים דֹּדֶ֖יךָ מִיָּֽיִן׃ (Oh, give me of the kisses of your mouth, For your love is more delightful than wine, 1:2), rendered in the archaic seal-script style on an intense palette of burnt sienna and malachite green, signals the navigating of feminine and masculine energy. The כי here is represented by a blue crescent which has witnessed thousands of years of human love.

Seal-script 篆書 is an ancient style of writing Chinese characters that was common throughout the latter half of the 1st millennium BCE.

© Carol Man 文頴恩 2014 – 2022