Antique Japanese Sumi-e Charcoal and Haiku Scroll Painting


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Sumi-e painting of charcoal used in tea ceremony and haiku.     The Haiku roughly  translates to "Mt Sumeru fills my thoughts as charcoal smokes beside me in the tea room"   Mt Meru AKA Sumeru  is the sacred five peaked mountain of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cosmology considered the center of the physical and metaphysical and spiritual universe.   The artist , Otani Koen  was a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist monk born in Kyoto.  He was the 23rd head priest of Higashi Honganji.  He studied painting with Kono Bairei and Takeuchi Seiho, and haiku with Kawahigashi Hekigoto.   He is known to have composed near 20 thousand haiku in his lifetime. 
  • Signed: Otani Koen (Kubutsu) 1875-1943
  • Ink on silk
  • Silk Brocade border 
  • 20th Century
  • Dimensions: 
    • Mounting: 12" x 79" (width, height)
    • Art: 10.5" x 47.75" (width, height)

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