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Self Portrait (with box) by Ryokan
Self Portrait (with box) by Ryokan


 
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              あ  と  世
              そ  に  の
              び  は  中
              ハ  あ  に
              わ  ら  ま
              れ  ね  じ
              は  ど  ら
           良  ま  も  ぬ
           寛  さ  ひ
           書  れ  と
              る  り
"It is not that
I avoid mixing
With this world;
Better for me is enjoying
Life on my own.
Brushed by Ryokan"

Box signed and there is a separate Letter of Authenticity by Mori Tetsushiro (1886-1993) Ryokan scholar and master appraiser.

Basho and Ryokan (1758-1831) are the best known Japanese poets, at home and abroad. After years of wandering all over Japan as a mendicant monk, Ryokan drifted back to his native place in Niigata. Ryokan spent the next 30 years in Niigata living in various hermitages, begging for his food, drinking sake with farmers, helping housewives with their chores, playing marbles with geisha, and joining in games with children. There are dozens of tales told of Ryokan. Perhaps the most famous:
A thief broke into Ryokan’s weather beaten hut. Finding nothing of value, out of frustration he took Ryokan’s ragged sleeping quilt and his meditation cushion. When Ryokan returned to his hut and realized what happened, he composed this haiku:

"The thief left it behind—
The moon
At the window."

Ryokan’s brushwork is treasured for its purity and warmth. Paintings by Ryokan are rare, only a few examples exist. Like most Zenga, the condition is far from perfect but for this type of art it is better to leave a piece as is—the condition, good or bad, is part of its charm.
Ryokan’s biography is available in Extraordinary Zen Masters (Echo Point Press) by John Stevens.
Age: Edo Period 18th-19th Century
Size: painting 9-1/2" x 10-1/8" (24 x 26 cm), overall 35-7/8" x 15-1/2" (91 x 39 cm)
Media: Ink on paper
Condition: Good
Price: $15,000.00 USD



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