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An image of Calligraphy by JIUN Sonja

JIUN Sonja

(Japan 1718 – 1804)

Other titles:
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 of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
18th century-19th century
Media category
Materials used
ink on paper

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

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1998
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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.). 132

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