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Japanese Zen Priest Kasumi Bunsho Enso Tea Scroll

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An Enso circle containing the characters Cha, Setsugetsuka by Zen priest and famed calligrapher Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1977. It can be translated TEA, Snow, Moon Flowers, three of the beauties of nature to be enjoyed from the solitary confines of the tea room. The ink on paper image is enclosed in a green silk border extended with beige terminating in auburn lacquered wooden rollers. It is 19 x 49 inches (48 x 125 cm). There is faint scattered foxing. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925, at that time closed) in 1943, and re-opened the temple in 1949. In 1990 he was appointed Abbot of Myoshinji Temple. He also used the names Dainan, Nan-in, Nanyo and Katsuun. He was strongly influenced by both Nantenbo and Kutsu Deiryu.