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Mid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with pigments and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (elongated shape)Lenght: 31.2Iron fan with an elegant shape, with eleven bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications. These weapons, called tessen, literally meaning "...

Nantembō Nakahara (1839-1925)“Hey, listen”, 1923Ink on paper, 117.5 x 30.5 cm Mounts 208 x 48 cm Nantembō’s handprint is a rare form of self-portrait and together a strong expression of zen art. In fact, the purpose of this kind of calligraphy is to awaken the viewer and this direct command together with the physical image of the hand is certainly able to reach our deep conscience.Hand prints had been used together with calligraphy in the Edo period and Tibetan abbots sometimes pressed their hands on the back of tanka scrolls in order to certify their blessings....

Painting: 203 x 44,4Mount: 32 x 127 cmSigned by the artist Nantembō was born in the city of Karatsu as the son of a samurai. He became a monk of the Rinsai Zen sect at an early age. His Buddhist name was Zenchū. Nantembō was the nickname he received in 1873 because of the nandina staff (Bō) he acquired to admonish his students. He became a controversial figure in Japanese Zen circles, devoting his energy to reforming Zen in Japan. The calligraphy says:There is nothing to seek and nothing to find. You are already enlightened, and all the words in the world won’t give you...

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