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"Dragon and Clouds on the north side of Rei-no-ma room / Kaiho Yusho"

Dragon and Clouds on the north side of Rei-no-ma room

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.


  • Artist : Kaiho Yusho
  • Historical era : Azuchi-Momoyama (16th century)
  • Material : Printed on washi
  • Medium : Four sliding doors
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : Four doors: Each 186.0 x 133.0 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Kenninji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Kenninji Temple
  • Material : Ink on paper

DESCRIPTION

These 8 sliding doors adorn the worship room at Kenninji and are part of the 50 panels of the Wall and Screen Painting of Hojo hall of Kenninji (an important cultural property) painted by Kaiho Yusho. Yusho painted these doors, which are regarded as Japan's most renowned series of ink and water paintings, as part of the restoration work of Kenninji during the early modern era. The worship room is the first room guests enter when invited into the abbot's chambers at Kenninji. The north side features a dragon that makes a roaring appearance from between the clouds, while the west side features a dragon poised with a threatening gaze. Both dragons are followed by a trail of clouds and are characterized by their overwhelming prowess. This work is considered a masterpiece of Kaiho Yusho, who was known for his skill with water and ink paintings of dragons. Yusho manages to tackle the seemingly formidable challenge of covering such a large medium with this familiar dragon theme, a theme favored by military and Zen schools since the early modern era.

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