striving against the treacheries of the flesh toward an enlightenment that may ultimately be touched by
the feel of the thread’s texture on his tongue. Lee grasped this and the skill with which the essential
notion was rendered. The painter, Kao, assimilated Chinese works and created a truly indigenous
Japanese ink-painting movement. The energy characteristic of his best work suggests not merely
technical virtuosity but an infusion of insight from a dedicated religious spirit.
John L. Severance Fund 1962.163
Acquired 1962

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Choyo: Monk Sewing under Morning Sun, c. 1350 or earlier

hanging scroll, ink on paper, Image: 84.25 x 35.20 cm (33 1/8 x 13 13/16 inches); Overall: 168.50 x 47.65 cm (66 5/16 x 18 3/4 inches); with knobs: 168.50 x 51.95 cm (66 5/16 x 20 7/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1962.163

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