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Title

Calligraphy couplet

17th century


Artist

ETSUZAN Dôshû

1629 - 1709


About

ETSUZAN Dôshû was the seventh abbot of Manpuku-ji, the temple of the Chinese Ôbaku sect of Zen Buddhism. He was born in China, travelled to Japan and trained at the temple, to become its seventh abbot.

Manpuku-ji was built to house the Ôbaku priests (led by Yinyuan Longqi) who had emigrated to Japan after the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644 and the establishment of the Manchurian Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Built in a Chinese style, the temple functioned as a visible symbol of Chinese arts with its architecture, sculpture and painting (See Mason 1993: 249).

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2003.

The calligraphy reads: 'The cloud of the [Buddhist] Law reaches the pinnacle' (right) and 'Buddhist wisdom lights the world' (left).

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


Details


Other Title

Calligraphy


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

17th century


Media category

Calligraphy


Materials used

pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper


Dimensions

136.5 x 30.4 cm image :

a - right scroll; 207 x 33.5 x 38.8 cm

b - left scroll; 207 x 33.5 x 38.8 cm


Signature & date

a. Signed 'Nangaku Etsuzan' c.r. and two artist's seals l.r., one artist's seal u.l.
b. Signed 'Nangaku Etsuzan' c.l. and two artist's seals l.l., one artist's seal u.r.


Credit

Gift of Klaus Naumann 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

42.2003.a-b


Artist information

ETSUZAN Dôshû

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 1 publication

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.).