Rei Shōjo (Ling Zhaonu)

Rei Shōjo (Ling Zhaonu)

霊昭女図

1500s

Shunoku Sōen

(Japanese, 1529-1611)

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Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

Image: 97.6 x 37.2 cm (38 7/16 x 14 5/8 in.); Overall: 183.4 x 49.3 cm (72 3/16 x 19 7/16 in.); with knobs: 183.4 x 54.5 cm (72 3/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi 1995.245

Description

Legend has it that Chinese beauty Ling Zhaonu, whose name is pronounced Rei Shōjo in Japanese, was a model of devotion to her parents. She put great effort into selling baskets made by her elderly father, a devout Buddhist, thereby keeping the family afloat financially. The verse on the painting relates her story, and was inscribed by a Zen monk.

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