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The Annunciation by anelphia The Annunciation by anelphia
I finished this just in time for the Solemnity of the Feast Day of the Mother of God.:w00t: Happy 1st:party: It is a depiction of the Annunciation done in a Japanese style.The blessed mother here is portrayed as a young Japanese girl humbly giving her reply to the angel, dressed here as a Japanese prince. I included as much symbolism in the piece as possible.
The Angel, has no wings, only a halo to distinguish his heavenly origin. He wears armor to show his strength and a whitish sash to show his purity. His outer robe is black which is colored inside orange. His sleeves are white and his under robe is blue with white sunflowers. In Japanese culture black paired with other colors symbolizes a happy occasion, usually a wedding. Black can also indicate high position. Colors, like blue and white used as a color scheme in many kimonos and even dishware is used to symbolize the coming of spring. He holds a stem of lilies in his left hand. tied to the Virgin Mary, the white lily represents virtue and conveys sweetness and humility. In the language of flowers, this May flower expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor. He wears an ancient officials hat. The Blessed Mothers Robes are those of a Princess. A golden halo surrounds her head and a golden flame hangs above Mary's head, symbolizing that at the moment of her yes the Holy spirit comes over her and she concieves God made Man. The Longer sleeves are commonly seen on younger women to signify that they are not married and are more elaborate than an older women’s more formal kimono, basically it symbolizes Mary’s virginity. The crane represents long life and good fortune as it is said to live for a thousand years.Cranes in Japanese textiles generally represent longevity and good fortune and they are nicknamed "the bird of happiness". They are most closely associated with Japanese New Year and wedding ceremonies :D On her sleeves are two large peony flowers. They are considered the King of Flowers, what we usually consider the rose to be. Also on the sleeves are plum blossoms.which are the first flowers to bloom in japan and announces the arrival of spring.The robes also hold symbolism. The pink color of the color and under robe is a very close to the color red used to symbolize high rank, only worn by those with high rank and happiness. Her yellow and orange sleeves symbolizes sacred, knowledge and civilization courage and love. Directly under the stork, the orange/khaki color is used during the month of March, when we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation. Under is a dark blue robe with slate blue resembling water patterns. Blue is the color used for December-when we celebrate the fulfillment of the annunciation in Christ's birth, and October- the month of the Rosary (the first joyful mystery of the rosary is the Annunciation) it is also a symbol for immortality, purity, and cleanliness. The last robe acts also as a cushion to kneel on. The green color symbolizes life, youth, vitality, and eternity.
The background, outside a small bamboo hut surrounded by vegetation reminds us of the poor lifestyle that Our Lord will be born into. Bamboo is also symbolizes the sweetness of life.

The main image is flanked by two side images. The image on the left has red and white daisies, a symbol of faith. There are also a few smaller plants underneath a willow tree, in Japanese culture a symbol of strength and grace.
In the top left hand corner is a a wisteria plant that has not yet blossomed.

In the right hand image A Blossoming Cherry tree stands surrounded by some pasture and foliage. The Cherry Blossoms is the flower of the month of March. Associated with spring it represents loyalty, innocence, purity, love and new beginnings.The flowers surrounding the tree also has symbolism. The red Camellias-love, the white camellias- longing, The Camilla- waiting, daffodil-respect, the morning glory- willful promise, Pansy-thoughtful/caring, White poppy-rejoice, and violet-honesty. Closer to the front is the chrysanthemum, it is the imperial flower.The hibiscus flower-gentle, the hydrangeas and the blue Iris--glad news/ glad tidings adds to the ambiance. In Japanese Callligraphy is written "The Annunciation" and directly under is the fleur di lis.
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Mary, with her long hair and pure like a lily, was the most beautiful maid in Nazareth, but she realizes that her true beauty comes from being the mother of the Holy Child. (Jerzy Harasymowicz, Pieta ze Znamierowic)


Be praised, Mother of God, by beautiful chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums come from Japan, where they convey the same nostalgia as in Poland.
(Mieczyslaw Gogacz, Litania kwiatow do Matki Bozej)


The angel of the Annunciation has barely left, but what a transformation:
from the girl of Nazareth to the majestic queen with a crown of twelve stars!
Leopold Staf, Zwiastowanie

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VicodinFlavoredMints Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!  And I love all the detail! :heart: :wow:
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anelphia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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x-o-the-revolution Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love you so much for doing this<3 Have you heard of Our Lady of Akita?

catholictradition.org/Mary/aki…
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ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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anelphia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thankyou so much :D
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joegrimer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the idea! It looks like you've really thought this one out. God Bless You!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thank you so much my friend for your kind words, they are truely appreciated :hug:
God love you :love:
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x-DragonSoul-x Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! What a brilliant idea! Ah! I am in aw. This is so wonderful. I am a devoted Catholic and a lover of Japanese culture. This is like a eureka bulb in my head. Your depiction of both of them is wonderful but I particularly like Gabriel's portrayal. You have perfectly captured his regal but humble disposition. His strength, serenity and grace. 
I respect your attention to detail and love your obvious wealth of knowledge of symbolism. 
Ah! I have goosebumps! So wonderful! =D
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recino Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Simply awesome.
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanku :D:D:D:D
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scarlatti27 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful piece of work, I love it!!! :w00t: :love:
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks, your comment really helped make my day!:D
sorry bout the late reply:blush:
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lawwellsy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
It's a beautiful rendition. Chesterton would be most pleased:

"It is said that the great St. Francis Xavier, who very nearly succeeded in setting up the Church there [in China] as a tower overtopping all pagodas, failed partly because his followers were accused by their fellow missionaries of representing the Twelve Apostles with the garb or attributes of Chinamen. But it would be far better to see tham as Chinamen, than to see them as featureless idols merely made to be battered by iconoclasts; or rather as cockshies to be pelted by empty-handed cockneys... Then we should not lose our temper as some of the sceptical critics seem to lose their temper, not to mention their wits." -- The Everlasting Man
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anelphia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the link. It's a very beautiful :sing:song/chant:D
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IrelElengar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Writer
WOW! TOTALLY AWESOME!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks, that means a lot:D:highfive:
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IrelElengar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Writer
Hey,no problem. Who COULDN'T totally love something this amazingly awesomely detailed drawing?
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anelphia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:, Well thanks again so much:glomp:
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
When Maria-sama was in Nazareth, she was お姫様. When she became the Mother of Our Lord, she was 皇女様. Now that she is in Heaven, she is 天国の女王様! Of course, she is still human, and God Himself is, was, and will forever be greatest of all: 天地の神様!!

"The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit."
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Vilva Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really pretty! :love: The details in here are amazing! :D
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: :tighthug: Thank you so much!:D Glad that you like it:D
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work!

Very interesting!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:Thanks :D:glomp:
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lamaisol Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this! I have never thought of representing the Annunciation in a different culture, but it is a really neat idea. I also love Japan so this is awesome!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thanks, I'm glad you like it:D
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lamaisol Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob :) Keep up the good work!
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kyotaneko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
what a wonderful representation of the Annunciation. I love your idea of putting it into an oriental style, it is so lovely and refreshing. & what a thought process behind all the symbolism!! Your painting is quite lovely, but your description telling all the thoughts & decision you put into the intricate details is so remarkable and astonishing- i do not see this in depth forethought very often & I am beyond impressed & inspired. Excellent job! :heart:
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Thanks, I'm so glad that you like it:D :hug:
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TeeterDance Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Its lovely! I really looks pretty and traditional like it was made in anciet japan.
Its such a hard style to master and you made it look so great!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much!:D:la:
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Xadren Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Pure genious and original!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks :D
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012   Artist
A gorgeous professional work!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:Thanks so much:D
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xxfreedreamerxx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty! It looks like it took a long time! :wow: :heart:
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks:). Yeah it did:D It took most of my Christmas vacation to complete:D
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:Thanks :D
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dragonsangel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice. i find your art inspiring, and great. gj.
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much:D
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dragonsangel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
np :)
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jakobweiq Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thumbssssssss up!

hope u do a Ukiyo-e version :D
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks
What is Ukiyo-e?
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jakobweiq Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its japanese woodcut:)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e
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anelphia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thanks, I've never heard of this art style before
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jakobweiq Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
u r welcome~!
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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anelphia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks :D
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome ^^
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Wispre Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This is absolutely fantastic. I love the traditional style and native symbolism that it includes and how well it ties to the Annunciation itself. I love Asian art and am just starting to learn about the Japanese Christian culture. It's rare to find Japanese style Christian depictions, which makes this extra special. Would you consider offering it as a print?
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