Japanese Tea Scroll Zenga Enso by Yamada Mumon
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1980: Item # 1147987
Fremont, CA 94536
妙心寺 山田無文老師 Yamada Mumon (1900-1988)
Abbot of Myoshinji, and Shofukuji temple in Kobe Japan. Mumon was known to receive his training from Japan's noted Buddhist monks such as Hashimoto Gyoin of Yakushiji in Nara. Yamada Mumon, has inspired many individuals where Mumon was known to have tuberculosis when he was young and had suffered a lot from his illness during his training. Mumon became a Buddhist monk from the questions concerning about life during his teenage years and his parents thought Mumon was going to college and pursue a degree in law; however, Mumon decided to become a monk. His parents at first disagreed but through a bit of persuasion relented to his yearning. According to G. Victor Sōgen Hori in the book The Faces of Buddhism in America, "Students of Yamada Mumon Rōshi say that outside the sanzen room, he looked and acted like a tiny, wispy, immaterial Taoist hermit, but that inside the sanzen room, he suddenly turned into a lion." One of Mumon's disciples is Harada Shodo, founder of One Drop Zen Monastery in Washington State.
Shikishi piece reads: Tada Kore kore (trans: just this, this!) which is one of the essence of the zen teachings and relates with the usual phrases found with enso pieces which is kore nanzo or what is this? The piece is sealed by Yamada Mumon with his other studio names used in many of his pieces. The top seal reads, muichi butsu or nothing. The bottom two seals, the top reads Tenshitsu Dosha or Man of the way, Tenshitsu. The bottom seal reads, Houhou Sanjin.
The work was originally a shikishi and was mounted as a hanging scroll. The Scroll is mounting using a sandan style mounting utilizing a stripe pattern silk brocade. The ends are using resin.
Size: 40cm x 128.7cm / 15.7" x 50.6"