Jean’s Painted Wooden Animals

During a trip to Myanmar (Burma) back in the 70s, Jean bought a set of artisanally crafted, wooden, hand-painted farm animals at a market in Yangon (Rangoon).

Burmese dog, cow and horse wooden animals 2021
Burmese dog, cow and horse wooden animals 2021

Back in Seoul, South Korea, where we lived at the time, Jean had the Burmese wooden horse, cow and dog copied by a local Korean artisan. She then painted them in her signature bright colours.

Jean Tori Hand Painted Cows, Dogs and Horses 2021
Jean Tori Hand Painted Cows, Dogs and Horses 2021

Jean also had the wood-craftsman make some tigers, which she painted in a more traditional style.

Jean Tori Hand Painted Wooden Tigers 2021
Jean Tori Hand Painted Wooden Tigers 2021

To add to the animal collection, Jean designed some wooden birds and dragons for the woodworker to create, which she also painted.

Jean Tori painted wooden dragon, bird, horse and tiger 2021
Jean Tori painted wooden dragon, bird, horse and tiger 2021

Originally, Jean had the animals made for our Nativity scene (creche). Christmas wasn't really celebrated in South Korea in the 70s, so we always did a lot of inventive repurposing and interesting decorating (we once had a rattan peacock chair as our Christmas tree!). All of Jean's colourful animals were a wonderful and unique addition.

Jean Tori colourful wooden painted animals 2021
Jean Tori colourful wooden painted animals 2021

For more about Jean's artwork visit www.jeantoriartwork.com

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