A panel of dark purple lacquered wood with mother of pearl inlays (Okinawa style). The centre is inscribed with two characters: “The Way of Semplicity”; next: “Mampuku-ji original sect written” and 3 seals. It was made for display in tea rooms. The calligraphy and the seal are by Mokuan (1611-1684), the 2nd Patriarch. Of course made after. The Mampuku-ji Temple is in Uji, near Kyōto and is the main temple of the Obaku School, which is one of the three sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Founded in the middle of the 16th cent. by the Chinese priest Ingen (Yin-yüan in Chinese). Ingen brought many elements of the Chinese Ming culture and tradition to Japan as in religious ceremonies and teachings and even in architecture and tea ceremony. Size: H. 29 cm, W. 59,7 c. Edo, late 18th cent. Condition: some wear and some inlays missing.