Important Cultural Property

Calligraphy: Precept Addressed to His Pupil

By the priest Chushi Fanqi



Artist By the priest Chushi Fanqi
Period China, Yuan dynasty, dated 1353
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Size 31.2×82.2


Chushi Fanqi was a representative Zen priest of the latter half of the Yuan dynasty. He learned calligraphy from Zhao Ziang, a distinguished calligrapher, and acquired a shapely classical writing style. This writing on the Zen enlightenment, was a farewell gift to Shippei Sukai, a Japanese student in China, who later founded Kōjaku-ji Temple in Suō (present Yamaguchi prefecture). It was written in 1353, when Chushi was 57 years old.