Portrait of Duli Xingyi 獨立性易 (Jp. Dokuryū Shōeki, 1596-1672)
Kita Genki 喜多元規 (active c. 1663-1709)
Self-eulogy dated 1671
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
111.4 x 50.1 cm; 211.8 x 63.8 cm (mounted)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, 1965.31
Contemplative emptiness: the moon suspended over the village at midnight.
Suddenly my soul is startled by the howl of an ape—
Who could know that it would arouse me beyond my senses,
And bring me an inner vision from Mt. Sumeru?
— trans. Stephen Addiss and Kwan S. Wong