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|
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.