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    Handscroll, Calligraphy by Ingen, Famous Buddhist Priest

    • Artist: Ingen
    • Medium: Handscroll, ink on paper
    • Dates: 18th century
    • Period: Edo Period
    • Dimensions: 20 x 50 in. (50.8 x 127 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 69.164.13
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Ingen. Handscroll, Calligraphy by Ingen, Famous Buddhist Priest, 18th century. Handscroll, ink on paper, 20 x 50 in. (50.8 x 127 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 69.164.13
    • Image: overall, 69.164.13_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/21/1967
    • Record Completeness: Adequate (53%)
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    18:00 09/9/2010
    Yinyuan was a prominent & historically important Buddhist priest who lived from 1592 to 1673. Until he was 63 , he resided at Wanfusi monastery on Mt. Huangbo near Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province on the coast in southeastern China. He was the founder of the Huangbo sect of Chan Buddhism in China. After the fall of the Chinese Ming Dynasty & the founding of the Manchu Qing Dynasty in 1644, at the age of 63 in 1654, he moved to Japan. His name translated into Japanese became Ingen. For another 18 years until his death in 1673, he lead the Okabu (a translation of Huangbo) sect of Zen Buddhism in Japan. He is therefore also known as Obaku Ingen. His Huangbo/Obaku Chan/Zen teachings combined the teachings of Linqi/Rinzai Chan/Zen with the nianfo/nembutsu practice of the Pure Land/Jingtu school of Mahayana Buddhism. He was a superb calligrapher & painter, & as such, is considered the founder of the Obaku school of painting (in the Chinese style) in Japan.

    If the painting is by Ingen, it's not 18th century. If it's 18th century, it's not by Ingen.

    Even if it's a copy, the 7-character phrase & the inscription (artist? & date?) should be explained in Chinese transliteration, Japanese transliteration, & in English translation.
    By Doug White



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