The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1164420 (stock #MOR4109)
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A catfish swims among the rocks and reads, the current flowing like the swish of its tail behind on this beautiful Mingei Shrine carving dating from the later Edo period. Of course it calls to mind the Zen Koan, how does one catch a catfish with a gourd…. This came from a shrine in Otsu prefecture at the foot of Mt. Hie which was torn down last year. It had been between the upper beam and the gable on the front of a smaller Shrine on the grounds of a Tendai Temple...