Death Poem of Daitō Kokushi Artist: Suda Kokuta (Japanese, 1906–1990)

1986

Asian Art

Not on view
Medium

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Dimensions

without mounting: 35 7/16 × 22 13/16 in. (90 × 57.9 cm)
with rollers: 69 7/8 × 26 15/16 in. (177.5 × 68.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, B.A. 1966

Accession Number

2012.146.1a-b

Geography
Culture
Period

Showa era (1926–89)

Classification
Disclaimer

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Provenance

Provenance

The work was at the Shibunkaku Art and Book Dealer in Kyoto before Mr. & Mrs. Cowles purchased it in 2012.
Bibliography
  • Sadako Ohki, "Japanese Calligraphy at Yale: From Sutra to the Avant-Garde," Arts of Asia (March–April 2018), 95, fig. 14
Object copyright
Additional information

Object/Work type

calligraphy, hanging scrolls

Inscriptions

The death poem by Daitou Kokushi\r\nBuddhas and patriarchs cut to pieces;\r\nThe sword (named "cut even a blown hair") is ever kept sharpened.\r\nWhere the wheel turns,\r\nThe void gnashes its teeth.\r\n\r\n大燈國師遺偈\r\n仏祖截断吹毛常磨\r\n機輪転処虚空牙咬\r\n縄文種記号 刻 刻太 須田 1986\r\n

Signed

No written signature but sealed "Suda Kokuta" in a square seald in which from left top, down, and to right top, down.

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