Geese, Ducks and Water birds
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
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
considered "the first step" or embarkation toward nirvana.
Satori is typically juxtaposed with a related term known as kensho,
translates as "seeing one's nature." Kensho experiences tend
to be briefer glimpses, while satori is considered to be a
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.
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
A little note, there are two Koumei in records.
is an earlier period around late Meiji to early Showa
The second Koumei I found was a latter Showa artist
known as Ikeda Koumei but he specializes in Buddhist art and
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
Wild Goose 'Gan' 50.8cm by 191cm 20 by 75.1 £155 with Box
flying over Quince. Spring Scroll to show the beginning of the new
After the restoration
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
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
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
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
Oshidori-Mandarin Ducks in the winter
A spectacular painting of the very highest
This is an outstanding work of art as you can see.
the Master Scroll Painter Nanki the
size is 199cm x 58.8 cm/23x79 inches
A wooden box comes with this scroll. £450
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