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Figure. Sesshu, seated, wearing priest's garb with hat, on wooden base. Made of painted wood with gold pigment. Signed and inscribed. With wooden, brocade-lined storage box.
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Height: 16 centimetres (Figure only)
Height: 24 centimetres (figure and wooden base)
Height: 31 centimetres (storage box)
Width: 21 centimetres (Figure only)
Width: 25 centimetres (figure and wooden base)
Width: 25.50 centimetres (storage box)
Depth: 14 centimetres (Figure only)
Depth: 16 centimetres (figure and wooden base)
Depth: 22 centimetres (storage box)
- Curator's comments
Sesshū (1420-1506) was perhaps Japan's greatest painter. His ordination as a Zen monk occurred when Zen Buddhism was the main force behind traditional schools of painting, poetry, fencing, the Nō theatre, flower arrangement and the tea ceremony. He painted largely landscapes in the Song style, and gained recognition in China while perfecting his art in Tiantong monastery.
Smith et al 1990
Sesshu Toyo, Japan's most celebrated ink-painter, was a Zen priest, and he is shown here dressed as such. An inscription on the figure records that the portrait was commissioned by one Kakehi Chotetsu [Kencho Tesshi] and was made after a painting by Kano Eisen'in Michinobu (1730-90). Miwa is today better known as a carver of netsuke.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-2007, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2012 May - Sept, Bath, Holbourne Museum of Art, 'Presence: the Art of the Portrait'
2015-2016 Dec-Mar, Seoul Arts Centre, The Human Image
2021 - 2022 27 Apr – 16 Jan, Madrid, Caixa Forum, “Human Image”
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