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The moon through a crumbling window (haso no tsuki)

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Item code : DUh034

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Spirits & Religion
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.9 x 37.1cm
Date Meiji (1868 - 1912)

Description

Bodhidharma (Daruma in Japanese) was the Buddhist monk who introduced Zen to China. He was originally the son of King Sugandha from the kingdom of Kanchipuram, South India. The prince left the kindgom after becoming a Buddhist monk and spent three years journeying to reach South China in the early 6th century. He then travelled to North China and visited the Shaolin temple where he meditated for nine years. Bodhidharma’s nine-year practice was known as “wall gazing,” as he sat in front of a wall to meditate, keeping the mind clear of any thought. It was the first mentioning of a specific type of meditation in historical record.

The ink painting of Daruma is a famous subject among Zen artists. One of the acclaimed artists was Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768), who represented Daruma with simple but strong brushstrokes to express the beard and eyes. In Yoshitoshi’s series, a bearded Daruma is seated wearing an orange robe. Wild vines grow all over the cave, suggesting that Daruma has been meditating for a long period of time. With downcast eyes and maintained position of meditation, he continues to sit in silence. 



Condition

Condition : Very Good       Impression : Excellent
Small holes along top margin from previous binding restored. Right margin has backing. Bottom left corner restored. Small hole on lower right side restored with colour. Small stain at the bottom.