Although not clearly shown, this room has two windows: one round and the other square. William has naturally chosen the round window to be fully visible since it represents the “Window of Enlightenment,” and the circle (en) symbolizes completion and harmony. Here, special emphasis is given to the hanging brocade with golden swirls that is tied with a red tassel in the foreground. It acts as the conjoining principle between the two windows, tying every element in this composition together. The swirls could represent flames or whirlpools; either fire or water can purify our soul.
Gold Swirl: Genkoan (2C-Gold Swirl)
From the Spring Gardens in Kyoto collection.
$495.00 – $5,890.00