Painting of Four Harmonious Friends, Black Elephant
A painting from Buddhist folklore with a white elephant, a monkey, hare and partridge under a fruit tree.
A bird is sitting on a hare which is standing on a monkey, which in turn is sitting on an elephant underneath a fruit-bearing tree.
The story behind the painting relates to the Buddha's teachings about the realisation of our interdependence, unity, cooperation and friendship for the greater good. All the animals are benefitting from the fruit of the tree which each in their different ways has helped to grow.
Read more about this fable in our blog The Four Harmonious Friends.