Nikko monkey sculptures removed for repairs

posted on June 20, 2016

Three famous monkey sculptures at Toshogu Shrine in Nikko city, north of Tokyo, have been taken off display for repairs.

All monkey sculptures including the 3 famous apes were removed on Friday from the shrine, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The repair work for the sculptures is the first in 65 years.

The 3 monkeys are known for each embodying the proverbial principles of "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil."

Artisans will use the same techniques and paints from when the works were created in the Edo period.

source by nhk
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