Important Cultural Property

Calligraphy: Precept Addressed to His Pupil


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.

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