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Lot 63: Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) Bamboo and calligraphy Edo period (1615-1868), c. 1800

Est: $3,500 USD - $4,500 USDSold:
Bonhams 2September 14, 2016New York, NY, US

Item Overview


SENGAI GIBON (1750-1837)
Bamboo and calligraphy
Edo period (1615-1868), c. 1800
Hanging scroll, ink on paper; depicting stems
and leaves of bamboo, inscribed Kunshi kono
gotoku ni omou (This is how a gentleman
thinks), with seal Sengai
With wood tomobako 22 3/4 x 24 1/2in (58 x 62.4cm)

John Stevens Collection
Gibon Sengai ranks along with Hakuin (see
lots 57-59) as the greatest of Zen artists.
Here he depicts his favorite plant, bamboo,
alongside a brief calligraphy that draws the
time-honored parallel between its strength and
flexibility and that of a true gentleman (kunshi,
in Chinese junzi). Bamboo is also the perfect
Zen plant: graceful, pliant yet unbreakable,
useful in many ways, and good to eat (as
bamboo shoots) as well. Newly restored
and remounted, this is one of Sengai’s best
renditions of the subject.

Artist or Maker

Auction Details

Fine Japanese and Korean Art

Bonhams 2
September 14, 2016, 01:00 PM EST

580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, US