Yamada Mumon (1900-1988) - 'The lion roars'
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1980: Item # 918026
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|A powerful zen message from Yamada Mumon: ''The lion roars!''. When Buddha proclaimed the Dharma, his voice was said to be like a ''lion's roar'', majestic and awe-inspriring. In zen calligraphy, the phrase means, ''Be bold and determined in your Buddhist practice like the king of the beasts!'' Also, ''Walk the talk'', that is, be up-front and direct in your Zen demeanor. In keeping with the force of the message Mumon has brushed this with exceptional vigor, literally damaging the paper in a number of areas on both the first and second characters with the forcefulness of his strokes. Contained within its original signed and sealed storage box, the painting is in good condition. Light, sporadic foxing is present. The scroll measures 76 by 18'' (194 by 46 cm). The image measures 51.5 by 13.5'' (131 by 34 cm). Yamada Mumon (1900-1988) was one of the most well known of 20th century Zen masters. Mumon wrote a number of popular books on Zen, and he had many disciples, both Japanese and foreign.|