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6379            Chuho Sōu (1760-1838), the 418st Abbot of Daitokuji temple, Kyoto

A kakemono (hanging scroll) painted in ink on paper with an “ichi” (one, “the beginning”)

Signed: Zen-Daitoku Chūhō- sō sho (Written by an old man Chūhō, formerly of Daitoku-ji Temple)


Top right: Kumo-idete tōchu akiraka-nari  (When clouds disperse in the spring, even the inside of the dark cave will be illuminated.) This Zen saying was originally written by Daitō Kokushi, also known as Shūhō Myōchō (1282-1338) founder of Daitoku-ji Temple and refers to the moment of Enlightenment

Top left: Chūhō

Bottom left: Matsu-oite, kumo-shizuka-ni, kōzentoshite jiteki-su (The pine tree is growing old, under the quiet clouds, peace and quiet, self-sufficient happy life). This Zen saying was originally quoted by the founder of the Renzai sect of Zen Buddhism, the Chinese priest Linji Yixuan, jp. Rinzai Gigen (806-866) in the Record of Linji

Hakogaki (fitted box inscription): Chūhō Rōsō-sho Ichi-no-ji Yokofuku (Written by an old priest Chūhō, the character for One, scroll in horizontal format)

Japan Edo period 18th / 19th century


Scroll: H. 68“ x W. 52¾“ (160cm x 134cm)

Painting: H. 21” x W. 52“  (53.5cm x 132cm)

Provenance: collection of Morita Shojiro, Tokyo, Japan

Chūhō Sōu (1760-1838) was born in Kyoto, and studied Zen Buddhism under Sokudō Sōki the 406th Abbot of Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto head-quarters of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Chūhō Sōu later became the 418th Abbot of Daitoku-ji Temple, after his abbotship he resided at Tokai-ji Temple, and he retired at the Shōgetsu-an (“The Studio of Pine and Moon”) of the Hōshun-in sub-temple, Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto. He excelled in poetry, calligraphy, tea ceremony and crafted tea utensils including teaspoons and pottery. He died on the 8th of December, 1838, aged 79. His artistic names: Rakuyōjin, Shōgetsu-rōjin, Shōgetsu-sō.