soshi no sugata wa
koma no yawata no
Hanabusa Itcho Shoga
"This is the form of the
Grand Patriarch wall-gazing—
Or is it a melon or eggplant
From the fields of Yawata
Hanabusa Itcho, painting and inscription"
Daruma is “wall-gazing,” turning his back on the world to sit in his cave contemplating the absolute. The inscription, however, brings the loftiness of Buddhist meditation down to earth: "Daruma from behind looks like one of the big eggplants grown in Yamashiro. If sitting still is all there is to meditation, eggplants have it made as Zen masters. “ This is not a Zenga since Itcho was a highly skilled professional painter but it definitely has a Zen flavor.
Age: Edo Period 17th-18th Century
Size: painting 13-7/8" x 19-5/8" (35 x 50 cm). overall 51-3/4" x 25-3/8" (131 x 64 cm)
Media: Ink on paper