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An image of Hakozaki by Gibon SENGAI

Gibon SENGAI

(Japan 1750 – 1837)

Title
Hakozaki
Other titles:
(Landscape)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
late 18th century-early 19th century
Media categories
Painting, Calligraphy
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions

35.8 x 51.5 cm image; 117.2 x 54.5 x 61.5 cm scroll

Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
639.1994
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

Sengai is one of the best-known artists in the latter-day history of Rinzai Zen. He stayed at Shofuku-ji, Japan’s oldest Zen establishment in Hakata, near Hakozaki Hachiman Shinto shrine, for almost 40 years. The shrine’s symbolical gate (torii) is depicted in the foreground of this painting. The poem reads: "In the morning and evening/ I see over the shrine/ the Road in the Sea of Hakozaki/ and close is the Shiga hills" Road in the Sea (Umi no Nakamichi) is a narrow peninsular and Shiga is an island off it. (The poem was transliterated by a team of scholars from Japan led by Professor Fuii of the National History Museum in November 2002)

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 19 (illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995