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Zen painting on paper, mounted as a hanging scroll.

By: Nantenbo Nakahara (1839-1925).

"Procession of begging monks, Zen novices setting out to seek alms at houses in the neighborhood.  Such humble tasks are the very essence of Zen religious practice".

Signed and sealed

Size of paper: 33 cm X 137 cm

Size of mounting: 47 cm X 200 cm

Wooden storage box

Note: Nantenbo was a son of a Samurai family of Hizen Province.  As a young man, he entered the Yuko-ji temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen, and later studied under the Zen master Sekio of the Enpuku-ji temple in Kyoto.  In his later years, when he succeeded the priest Ranzan of the Bairin-ji temple in Kurume, Kyushu, he did not advance into an administrative position, but rather wandered the country, visiting various temples.  Keen in intellect, he was also known for his charity and became one of the most famous figures of the modern Rinzai sect.  The Meiji period General Nogi is known to have practiced Zazen under his guidance.


Zen painting by Nantenbo (1839-1925)

SKU: 466
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