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Title

Calligraphy

18th century-19th century


Artist

JIUN Sonja

Japan

1718 - 1804


About

One of the masters of Japanese calligraphy, Juin was initiated into Esoteric Buddhism and spent two years studying in Kyoto with a Confucian scholar before starting his studies of Zen Buddhism. He went on to establish his own school of Buddhism, the Ritsu sect, eventually retiring to a mountain retreat where he spent the last three decades of his life. There he executed a vast number of calligraphies and gained respect as one of Japan's most revered Buddhists. These five characters, written in Juin's characteristic bold, blocky style, are the first line of a couplet from the Lotus Sutra which, roughly paraphrased, declares that all things exist in the Absolute.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.194.


Details


Other Title

Calligraphy: "(As) all things abide in the Absolute Truth, External appearance of the world is eternal"


Alternative title

Ze hô jû hô i (taken from the Lotus Sutra)


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

18th century-19th century


Media category

Calligraphy


Materials used

ink on paper


Dimensions

124.7 x 26.0 cm image; 199.0 x 28.4 x 34.0 cm scroll


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1998


Location

Not on display


Accession number

249.1998


Artist information

JIUN Sonja

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 194 (colour illus.).

Soshiro YABUMOTO and Sogoro YABUMOTO (Editors), Jiun Sonja iho, Tokyo, 1980, 78 (illus.). fig.no. 132

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, 20 (colour illus.).