(Japanese, d. 1571)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Overall: 85.7 x 35.3 cm (33 3/4 x 13 7/8 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1978.48
Hotei was an eccentric of Tang-dynasty China who became a prominent figure in Zen Buddhist literature. He epitomizes the figure outside the mainstream monastic system who attains a high level of spiritual awakening. The inscription warns against seeking enlightenment by conscious effort: "Big stomach, gaping garment, Treasures gathered deep in the bottom of his bag, Passing through the sky is another road, Do not seek that to which his fingertip points."
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