The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Buddhist Priest Kasumi Bunsho Enso Zen Circle


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A dramatic performance by eccentric Zen Priest Kasumi Bunsho with a pale wet circle filled with a splash of black ink by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated Spring of 1988. Ink on paper in gray silk extended with black and featuring black lacquer wooden rollers. The scroll is 51.5 x 131 cm (20 x 51-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) was a prolific calligrapher, to say he was fond of the brush would be an understatement. Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925) in 1943, at that time closed, and re-opened the temple in 1949. If you have ever been inside you will marvel, Bunsho has covered all surfaces with calligraphy, mostly written directly onto the wooden beams and earthen walls. In 1990 he was appointed Abbot of Myoshinji Temple. He also used the names Dainan, Nan-in, Nanyo and Katsuun. He was strongly influenced by both Nantenbo and Kutsu Deiryu from whom he received Inka. The influence of Deiryu on this Enso is most clear. Both Deiryu and Bunsho brushed calligraphy or imagery into the center of their Enso, the circle itself written in pale, thin ink.