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Hyakujo (724-814) one day went out attending his master Baso.
A flock of wild geese was seen flying and Baso asked, 

“What are they?”

“They are wild geese, sir.”

“Whither are they flying?”

“They have flown away, sir?”

Baso abruptly taking hold of Hyakujo’s nose gave it a twist. Overcome with pain, Hyakujo cried aloud, “Oh! Oh!”

“You said they have flown away,” Baso said, but all the same they have been here from the very beginning.”

This made Hyakujo’s back wet with perspiration.

He had satori.

Baso’s approach can therefore be called a direct method of awakening in Zen

Attaining Satori:
Practitioners of Zen Buddhism attain satori through personal experience: Satori (悟り) (Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean 오)
 is a Japanese Buddhist term for "enlightenment." The word literally means "understanding." "Satori" translates as a flash of
sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and while satori is from the Zen Buddhist tradition, enlightenment can be simultaneously considered "the first step" or embarkation toward nirvana. Satori is typically juxtaposed with a related term known as kensho, which translates as "seeing one's nature." Kensho experiences tend to be briefer glimpses, while satori is considered to be a deeper spiritual experience. Satori is as well an intuitive experience and has been described as being similar to awakening one day with an additional pair of arms, and only later learning how to use them.

BEFORE                                                                       AFTER

A little hard to read and the seal is very light, but I think this is Koumei. The theme moon and goose is known to represent autumn where the geese are heading south and the moon usually is related to the month of September during the 15th night where offerings of small dumplings and autumn grass is set  on the window or the terrace like area where the moon is visible and celebrates the coming of autumn.

This scroll has been  restored with new silk mounts. These were badly damaged. We kept to the original colours of the mounts. The silk tapes were remounted from the original. The scroll ends are made of crackle glaze ceramic which are very unusual. With a box this beautiful scroll is£225

A little note, there are two Koumei in records.

This Koumei is an earlier period around late Meiji to early Showa period. 1850
The second Koumei I found was a latter Showa artist known as Ikeda Koumei but he specializes in Buddhist art and landscapes.

RISON  'The  Goose that flew into the  Moon' 75 x 21.6 Goose flying into reflection of moon moon water, a humorous analogy that means
all that glitters is not gold, make sure that you know what you are doing ,find out the truth before you set out on your journey or is this the right person for you-business or love. A funny story with an important truth. This is an early 20th century painting and comes with box £190

24 Wild Goose 'Gan' 50.8cm by 191cm  20 by 75.1 £155 with Box































































Geese flying over Quince. Spring Scroll to show the beginning of the new season £195



Before work

After the restoration

Moon Goose

Kida Kado 1802-1879
Late Edo (Bakumatsu) to Early Meiji Period artist.
Kida was born in 1802 in the famous village of Sekigahara, Fuwa-gun (known for the battle in 1600) in Gifu prefecture. His other names were
Keisei, Hakuju,Yuchikusekikyo, and Hansen-o. In his early years he went to Kyoto to study under the Kishi sect of painting under the noted master Kishi Ganku and Gantai. After his study he traveled around Northern Japan for 20 years and met with reknowned scholars and other bunjin. Around 1848-1859, Kida settles in Nagoya city Hiroi. His elegant and simple paintings made his a respected artist of the Kishi sect and gained many disciples and even the approval of the Lord of Owari where he was assigned to be the resident artist for the clan. There are many of his works left in Nagoya Castle.

It was known that Kida favoured simple life and writing poetry, even his daily schedule was simple: he would wake up early in the morning and for the entire morning would be busy doing paintings and designing his next works and would stop around the lunch hour. In the afternoon he would meet with his guests and would read books. He also would exchange his ideas and thoughts with like minded friends and enjoyed antiques and tea. He never cared how much people would pay for his paintings, his most enjoyment was that people would take interest in his paintings and enjoy his style.

In his later years he started to hate the excitement of the city and moved to Otobashi, south of the city. Even so, many people continued to request his paintings until his death in 1879. He was 78 years old. 

The early 20th century scroll painter Kado created this wonderful evocation of a Goose flying in moonlight. in1930

The scroll is damaged and the painting needed to be treated to remove some of the creases. This work took place in late July 2010..  The scroll mounts are similar to the original colours.

With a box  £325


Ren Yi, the self-styled Bonian Qing Dynasty(1840-1895), is rightly considered as one of the most prolific painters in late nineteenth century Shanghai.. Ren Yi (Ren Bonian) (Chinese, 1840–1896). Shanghai’s location in China’s first phase of modernity and, secondly, the city’s transformation by social change and cultural pluralism is shown by the paintings of  Ren Bonian as a key example of that modernistic change in traditional Chinese Art.

He has painted a duck that is swimming nearby a  peach blossom in bloom .It's a very simple but very beautiful work of art. Ren Yi., sold paintings in Shanghai in his early years. He was very good at painting people, flowers ,birds and landscape . Many books of his paintings were published everywhere in world and he has a high reputation. Collectors from all over the world all like his paintings. This was bought in a Chinese Auction in 2009 and is very valuable. It dates from around 1870. We mounted this on a suitable scroll,

It comes with a silk covered scroll box.  £195


Oshidori-Mandarin Ducks in the winter

A spectacular painting of the very highest quality.
This is an outstanding work of art as you can see.
 Painted by the Master Scroll Painter Nanki the
size is 199cm x 58.8 cm/23x79 inches

A wooden box comes with this scroll. £450

Scroll weights: Fuchin


Wader-A summer Scroll. A new set of Silks was needed for this very old circa 1850 scroll. £225



A stunningly beautiful scroll suitable for Bonsai Display. Wild Duck &Iris 54x27 138x67.4 with Box £175


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