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Title

Calligraphy couplet

17th century

Artist

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
    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
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Etsuzan Dōshū

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  • 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

    Japan

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