Jogetsu (1687-1771) - Oni no Nembutsu

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1118770

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76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335



Jogetsu (1687-1771) - Oni no Nembutsu
An 18th century image of a Japanese Oni dressed as a priest and reciting prayers (Oni no Nembutsu), the meaning of which is open to a number of interpretations. The scroll is mounted in the tea ceremony style and would no doubt make for an enlightening discussion. The image measures 13'' by 22'' (33.5 by 56 cm). The scroll measures 50'' by 25'' (128 by 63 cm). Painted with ink on paper the work is in good condition. There are a few worm holes present though these were patched during the last remounting (presumably the first half of the 20th century). The mounting is a little weak at the top and holes have developed in the paper mount. The scroll still displays very nicely and doesn't necessarily need to be remounted. It is the work of Jogetsu (1687-1771), a Jodo-shu or Pure Land priest. In 1756 he became the 46th abbot of Zojo-ji temple, which is the head temple of the Pure Land Buddhist sect. He is originally from Ise in Mie prefecture. When he was 12 years old he began studies under Joyu in Ise before moving to Zojo-ji in Edo and studying under Ryodo. He spent time at Tozei-ji, Jofuku-ji and Dentsu-in between the years of 1742 and 1756.

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