Portrait of Buddhist Monks of Obaku Sect

Portrait of Buddhist Monks of Obaku Sect


Hanging scroll (framed), ink and color on paper

Overall: 171.5 x 99.7 cm (67 1/2 x 39 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Gow 2003.352



This painting features 24 Buddhist priests of several generations, all members of the same temple or sect. Not all of them have been identified yet. The priests are depicted with attention to individual features and appearances, dressed in their formal garments. The figure at the top is the senior patriarch, Chinese-born Yinyuan Longqi (隠元隆琦, Japanese: Ingen Ryūki) who introduced Ming dynasty Chan (Zen) Buddhism into Japan, establishing the Manpuku monastery in Uji in 1661. The site became a center for the influential Obaku sect in Japan.

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