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Title

Calligraphy

18th century-19th century

Artist

Jiun Sonja

Japan

1718 - 1804

  • 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
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jiun Sonja

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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