Portrait of Priest Ikkyu

Attributed to Tosa Hirochika, Inscription by Jin-sh

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Artist Attributed to Tosa Hirochika, Inscription by Jin-sh
Period Muromachi period, 15th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, colour on silk
Size 71.5×33.3

Explanation

There are many portrait paintings of Zen priest Ikkyū existing today, but not many like this in a circular frame. He is in formal attire of gorgeous gold-sprinkled clerical garment, but features well express the monk who denounced the frivolity and shallowness of the Zen world of his time. The inscription above written by Jinshi, a literary figure from Ningpo in Ming dynasty China, identifies that Ikkyū is an authentic monk of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism.