Yamada Mumon, (1900-1988)
hanging scroll, ink on paper; the ink-splash calligraphy, Take (bamboo), followed by a phrase to the left, Ryushi hoson ta , followed by two seals Taishitsu dosha and Mumon, sealed again at upper right corner, Kaishin; accompanied by tomobako, inscribed on the exterior lid: Ryushi hoson ta, and signed on the lid interior, Taishitsu, and sealed Taishitsu
painting: 52 5/8 by 12 7/8 in., 133.7 by 32.6 cm
overall 78 3/8 by 18 1/4 in., 199 by 46.5 cm
Yamada Mumon was a Rinzai Roshi (honorific title for a Zen Buddhist teacher or master), calligrapher and the chief abbot of the Myoshin-ji Temple. The Rinzai school is one of three major Zen Buddhist sects in Japan.
The primary subject of this ink-splash calligraphy, take (bamboo), symbolizes strength, resilience and longevity. The phrase to the left, Ryushi hoson ta, references 'many superior offspring,' an auspicious sentiment to consider.
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