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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 132

    Tengen Chiben (1737-1805)

    Kanzan and Jittoku

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    Tengen Chiben (1737-1805)
    Kanzan and Jittoku
    Each signed Gako, sealed Chiben no in, Tengen and another seal
    Pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper
    36 5/8 x 11in. (93 x 28cm.) each
    Box inscription by Awakawa Yasuichi, author of Zen Painting (see lot 134) (2)

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    Popularly know by his painter's name, Gako, the Rinzai-sect Zen monk Tengen Chiben was a student of Daikyu Eho at Hofukuji Temple in Okayama Prefecture. He lived at Onsenji Temple in Kami-Suwa, Shinano province, for 27 years. Onsenji is located on the shore of Lake Suwa and Tengen took his favorite art name, Gako (Goose Lake), from a nickname for the lake.

    The poems may be translated: "My heart is like the autumn moon, pure and unsullied in the blue green pool" (left scroll). "A barren woman drops a child of stone, the turtle's head is a few inches longer" (right scroll).