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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    Mori Sosen (1747-1821)

    Demon reciting Buddhist prayers (Oni no nenbutsu)

    Price Realised  

    Mori Sosen (1747-1821)
    Demon reciting Buddhist prayers (Oni no nenbutsu)
    Signed Sosen sha and sealed Sosen
    Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on paper
    11 5/8 x 20¼in. (29.5 x 51.5cm.)


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    Here a horned demon masquerades as a priest. He wears a monk's black robe, holds a rosary and has a gong or drum that he beats with a small hammer. His monk's staff lies at his side. He recites the nenbutsu, an invocation to Amida Buddha. The subject seems to be a satirical comment on corrupt Buddhist priests or may suggest a repentant demon.