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Portrait of the Great Master Yeongwoldang Eungjin

Portrait of the Great Master Yeongwoldang Eungjin

영월당 응진 대선사 진영 (寧越堂應眞大禪師眞影)

1700s

Hanging scroll, ink, color and gold on silk

Overall: 216.9 x 103.3 cm (85 3/8 x 40 11/16 in.); Painting only: 114.4 x 79.2 cm (45 1/16 x 31 3/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1990.16

Description

The monk in this portrait, identified by an inscription in a red cartouche at the upper right of this painting, is the Great Master Yeongwoldang Eungjin. Portraits of this type, painted following the death of an important Buddhist monk, are known as jinyeong. His elevated status is indicated by his fine monastic garments, the dragon-headed ceremonial fly whisk he holds in his left hand, and the Buddhist scripture in his right hand. The writing box on his desk, with brushes, ink stone, and water dropper, further emphasizes his prowess as a man of deep insight into the Buddhist teachings.

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