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Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

Bean Vine

Bean Vine, mid-18th century
Itō Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716–1800)
Inscribed by Musen Jōzen 無染淨善, 1693–1764
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
125.7 x 47.9 cm; 192.1 x 61.6 cm (mounted)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, in honor of Cynthia and Leon Polsky, 1985, 1985.97

The green vine puts forth blossoms,
and its pods are like half-formed swords.
The bean and stalk are inseparable;
both were born from the same roots.

— trans. John T. Carpenter

 

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