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The 250th Anniversary Medal
Tosa Mitsunari, Monk Saigyō, a hanging scroll painting
'This Japanese scroll painting refers back in time to the Heian period some 500 years earlier, and has a timeless quality. This shows a very different kind of gateway from the Egyptian false door. It is a simple gateway in a garden wall. A spatial illusion is created through a projection of the geometry of the boundary fence and the building. The floating clouds overlay this space and create atmosphere.
There is a
beautiful dialogue between the world beyond the gate, inhabited by
the Buddhist monk, and the finely drawn interior situated beyond.
There is a strong sense of events taking place just out of sight in
the room. The delicate strings of a partly-seen musical instrument
evoke the very sounds, and the mood of the scene is further
established by the pervading
John Maine 2002