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Culture: Japanese
Title: Scarecrow
Medium: Hanging scroll: ink on paper
Dimensions: Image: 44 7/8 x 10 13/16 in. (114 x 27.5 cm); Overall/Frame: 74 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (189.9 x 29.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland
Object Number: 91.101.006
Label Text: A leading monk-artist of the early 20th century, Nantembo took up painting and calligraphy rather late in life. From 1902, when his service as abbot of Bairin-ji and Kaisei-ji temples began, he practiced Zen expression by means of the brush.

Here the artist depicts a scarecrow constructed of a bamboo pole with leaves and a hat, standing before a barbed wire structure in the form of a bow and arrow. The inscription reads:

"Seventy-eight-year-old Nantembo entering his eighties. The scarecrow serves in shade or sunshine."

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