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Monk in a boat with haiku poem

Hanging scroll
Artist: Ryuho (Rippo) (1599 - 1669)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th century
Ink on paper with bone jiku
H x W (image): 31.6 x 50.1 cm (12 7/16 x 19 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Daval Foundation through Mrs. William Leonhart
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
The artist Ryuho was one of the first to produce haiga, simple paintings inscribed with the brief, seventeen-syllable poems known as haiku (hokku). The image of a monk in a boat recalls the subject of Yentou, a ninth-century Zen Buddhist priest who withdrew from the persecution of Buddhism in the late Tang dynasty to live at Lake Dongting in Hunan, where he made his livelihood as a ferryman. He is said to have exchanged enigmatic questions and answers with his passengers.

From at least 1967 to 1997
Florence Leonhart, Washington, D.C.

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Florence Leonhart in 1997

Former owner
Florence Leonhart
On View Location
Currently not on view
boat, Edo period (1615 - 1868), haiku, Japan, kakemono, monk, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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