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Red-Robed Bodhidharma / Kawamura Kanpō - Shudaruma
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- Kawamura Kanpō
A Japanese-style painter. In 1935, born in Aichi pref. Member of the Tōyō Bijutsukai. Pupil of Ōhashi Suiseki. A frequent prize winner. Specialized in Buddhist paintings, landscape paintings, and animal paintings.
- 600mm x 1870mm
- Roller End Material
- Material of the Work
- Japanese Paper
- JPY 35,000
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- In stock
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This is a painting of Bodhidharma, traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, wearing a brightly colored vermilion robe. In Japan, this famous figure is commonly known as “Red-robed Bodhidharma” and many products, such as ornaments, are created as auspicious tokens. It is also a popular motif of painting and from ancient times, many painters have depicted this subject.
In this work, Kawamura Kanpō splendidly portrays the keen-eyed and powerful appearance of Bodhidharma with his powerful brushwork. The calligraphed letters on the top of Bodhidharma, “A roar”, normally means “to scold someone loudly”. However, in the world of Zen, it means “an urging to be given in order to reach enlightenment”. Appreciating this work, viewers feel like receiving an urging from Bodhidharma trying to give them enlightenment. This is a piece full of Buddhist virtue.