Inspiration for [enlightenment]—
The moon in the sky."
*Tea masters often use just their kao, no signature or seals, to identify their brushwork.
This enso painting is by a tea master, Sottakusai. Enso brushed by tea masters are typically quiet and refined, and this one is no exception. The inscription seems to mean that nature itself is the best teacher of Zen---who is not inspired by the full moon shining in the vast sky?—and that contemplation of [Buddha-]nature can lead to enlightenment. One rather curious feature of this enso painting is the feeling that the moon is drifting up and away from the inscription.
Sottakusai was 8th Headmaster of the Omote Senke School of Tea. At age seven Sottakusai lost his father, the previous headmaster. Sotakusai assumed the heavy responsibility of Headmaster at the young age of thirteen. Like most tea masters he practiced Zen as well; Sottakusai trained under the direction of Mugaku of Daitoku-ji.
Age: Edo (1600-1868)
Size: image 12.75" x 16.5" (32 x 42 cm); overall 49-1/2" x 20-1/8" (126 x 51 cm)
Media: Ink on paper
Price: $3,000.00 USD