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Ink on hand-made mulberry paper in immediate patterned silk borders extended with momigami paper and featuring Shunkei rollers. Each is 16 x 49-1/2 inches (41 x 126 cm), in overall fine condition. The scroll inscriptions are:
Boat (fukujukaimuryo) Fortune and happiness are immeasurable, like the sea. and on the boat sail is the characters Shichifukumaru, the seven gods of fortune boat. (Translation V. Dujin)
Snail: (Zuisho ni Shu to naru)Everywhere and every time become a master (translation J.M. Wirth).
Mt. Fuji (Hachimenreirō) Beautiful From All Sides. (Translation V. Dujin)
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in that strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor. He was finally accepted into the Kaiseiji temple under Nakahara Nantenbo. He accompanied his mentor on lecture tours of the country, constantly studying. In 1924 he moved to Empukuji in Kyoto to study under Kuzuki Tesso, and was subsequently appointed to head a temple in Taiwan, Then Kumamoto, Kaiseiji and finally Empukuji. A quiet man, fond of sake, he has been somewhat overshadowed by his firebrand forbearer, but is fondly remembered within Japan as a devout and wise figure cut down in the prime of his development. He left a varied body of works for following generations to ponder. For more see "Zenmi-A Taste of Zen"(2011) or The Art of Twentieth Century Zen" (1999).