Avalokitesvara: Deer / Koushou Shimizu - Kanzeon-Bosatsu: Shika

Product ID
0139
Name
Koushou Shimizu
Profile

1911-1999
“Bettou” (head priest) of the Toudai-ji Temple
the chief abbot of the “Kegon” sect

Size
540mm x 1410mm
Roller End Material

Wood coated with black "urushi" (lacquer)
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition
In stock
Description

Nara Park is a municipal park stretching at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Most of the ground in the park is covered with lawn, and up to about 1200 deer are prowling around. These deer are famous internationally, and are the main objects of sightseeing in Nara, so a lot of students are seen coming here on school trips. By the way, the original reason why the deer are in this park is as follows.
It has been handed down to us that a deer is a “Shinshi” (Divine Servant) of the Kasuga-taisha Shrine, and that, when the Kasuga-taisha Shrine was founded, Takemikazuchi no Mikoto had come here riding a divine deer. (Takemikazuchi no Mikoto was the enshrined god of the Kashima-jinguu Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture.) Therefore, the deer in Nara Park have been protected very carefully since ancient times. Even today, it is said that the local inhabitants not only love the deer, but also revere them simultaneously.
This is a painting of “Kannon-Bosatsu” and a sika deer by Koushou Shimizu. Koushou Shimizu was a Buddhist priest of the “Kegon” sect. He worked as “Bettou” (head priest) of the Toudai-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture. Kannon-Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara) is a sacred image of “Bosatsu” in Buddhism and a kind of Buddha that has attained widespread faithful followers since ancient times, particularly in Japan. Kannon-Bosatsu and a sika deer are a typical combination of Koushou Shimizu, and this work is deeply meaningful.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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