Hue of the Water, Light on the Peaks (J., Suishoku Rankō Zu)

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Hue of the Water, Light on the Peaks (J., Suishoku Rankō Zu)

Japanese paintings / Nara

Attributed to Shubun (fl. earlymid 15th century)

Muromachi period, 15th century/Bun’an 2, 1445

Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper

H 108.0, W 32.7

1幅

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This is a representative example of a type of ink painting known as shosaizu (images of a scholarly retreat), a subject popular among Zen priests in the early Muromachi period (1392-1573). The first of the three poems inscribed at the top of the painting begins with the four characters suishoku rankō, a phrase that can be literally translated as hue of the water

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