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Takuan Soho (1573-1645)
Takuan Soho (1573-1645)

Chikugai ni seifu ugoku (Beyond the bamboo forest a clear wind is blowing)

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Takuan Soho (1573-1645)
Chikugai ni seifu ugoku (Beyond the bamboo forest a clear wind is blowing)
Signed Takuan so sho, sealed Soho and Takuan
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
49 5/8 x 11¼in. (126 x 28.5cm.)

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Takuan was one of the great calligraphers of his day. According to legend, he was the teacher of the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584?-1645). Takuan's calligraphy, as seen here, is said to show strength like that of a samurai. His writing is often displayed in the tokonoma alcove during a tea ceremony.

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