Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Japanese Zenga Scroll Set by Kutsu Deiryu
Please refer to our stock # ALR8168 when inquiring.
Priests chant loudly on begging rounds on this set of scrolls by important 20th century Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu. The inscription reads “One bowl, the offering of a thousand houses”; “Walking, walking, this Buddhist path” (Translation Stephen Addiss). Ink on paper, completely remounted with rough brown silk mounting fitting the original humble habit of a priest featuring dark rollers. Each scroll is 28.5 x 197 cm (11-1/4 x 77-1/2) inches excellent condition. For an identical set of scrolls see the book “The Art of Twentieth Century Zen (1999) or refer to the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA).
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the 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 large number of works for following generations to ponder.
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