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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18th c. Edo p. Zenga Tea Scroll by Daishin Gito & Kakkakusai

18th c. Edo p. Zenga Tea Scroll by Daishin Gito & Kakkakusai

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A man in a broad hat and straw raincoat with a hoe over his shoulder deftly brushed by Omotesenkei Tea Master Kakukakusai huddles against the rain on his way to the fields below a long cursive inscription by the Buddhist priest Diashin Gito. Poetry, being open to interpretation, is difficult, but I feel he is comparing the monastic life of the priest to that of an old man without grandchildren, who must go out and till the fields alone. The inscription by Daishin Gito is signed The 74 year old man Murasakino Daishin To-dai dating the work to 1730, the last year of both his venerable life and that of his student who painted the image below. The scroll is 26 x 151 cm (10-1/4 x 59-1/2 inches). The paper has grayed with age, but is in overall excellent condition, and has been completely remounted in a manner reflecting the original with an ichimonji of antique white cloth embroidered with scrolling vines set into a field of crushed gray paper (momigami) typical of Zen mountings extended with beige silk and featuring dark wood rollers. Ready to go for another three hundred years! For examples of the seals of Daishin see p. 220 figure 247, Daitokuji Rekidai Bokuseki. For Kakukakusia see Rakkan Kao Daijiten by Ota Eichi, (1982) page 295 of book 1.
Kakukakusai Sosa (1678-1730, aso read Kakkakusai), the 6th head of Omotesenkei, was son of Hisada Sozen adopted as a child by the 5th generation Zuiryusai. He served as Tea Master for the Kishu Tokugawa family, and was a student of Zen training under Daishin Gito.
Daishin Gito (1657-1730) was a monk of Rinzai-sect of Zen Buddhism trained as a disciple of Tenrin Sokotsu at Daitokuji Temple monastery from the age of ten. His skill at administration found him appointed head of Koto-in Subtemple in 1686, and was subsequently appointed the 273rd Abbot of the entire Daitoku-ji temple complex in 1709. He was summoned to Edo (modern Day Tokyo), then home of the military government, where se herved as head of Tokai-ji Temple. He later returned to Daitokuji and lived out his remaining years there. Daitokuji is considered the home of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and connections have long been established between the temple and the nearby Ura and Omote Senkei Tea Schools. Work by Daishin is held in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. You may find more on this important Zen priest in: Zen Mind Zen Brush by the late John Stevens (2006).