"Fuji's peak pierces the heavens,
draped with the snow of a thousand years,
and tinted with the golden rays of the rising sun of Tokai
as it floats serenely [above the clouds].
Stop trying to extol its incomparable beauty -
the heroic symbol of our sacred land."
Fuji poem originally composed by General Nogi, inscription and painting by Nantembo Toju.
The famous general Nogi Maresuke (1849-1912), one of Nantembo's Zen students, composed this poem for a Mount Fuji painting brushed by Nantembo in January of 1911 (or 1910 according to some sources). Nantembo often used it thereafter as the primary inscription on his many Fuji paintings. Usually Mount fuji is most prominent but here the calligraphy takes precedence in the composition. The calligraphy flows up and down gracefully in the space above Fuji. The mountain is formed with rich, luminous brushstrokes. This is a splendid example of Nantembo's Zenga. This was done in Nantembo's 80th year.
(From Zen Mind; Zen Brush, Japanese ink paintings from the Gitter-Yelen collection.)
Age: Taisho 1915
Size: image 54.25" x 13.25" (138 x 34 cm); overall 77.5" x 17" (197 x 43 cm)
Media: Ink on paper
Price: $3,500.00 USD