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Calligraphy couplet

17th century


Etsuzan Dōshū

China, Japan

1629 – 1709

Alternate image of Calligraphy couplet by Etsuzan Dōshū
Alternate image of Calligraphy couplet by Etsuzan Dōshū
  • Details

    Other Title
    Place where the work was made
    17th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Calligraphy
    Materials used
    pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper
    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.

    Gift of Klaus Naumann 2003
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Etsuzan Dōshū

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication