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Heaven and Earth

  • By Ryōkan
  • Japan Edo period, 19th century
  • Hanging scroll; ink on paper
  • h: 133.5cm w: 51.0cm
  • Gift of Akiyama Jun'ichi
  • [00288]

Ryōkan(1758-1831)was a Zen priest who traveled all over Japan and then settled in the Echigo region where he lived a reclusive life shunning the vulgar, everyday world. When he received requests for calligraphy, he would respond with elegantly spare, wittily awkward calligraphic works.

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