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Title: Chiku (bamboo)
Medium: Hanging scroll: ink on paper
Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 16 11/16 in. (33.9 x 42.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Robert J. Smith, PhD 1953, and Kazuko Smith
Object Number: 2005.044.038
Label Text: Inscribed: The wind stirs the bamboo; painted at the age of 86.

Edo period paintings and calligraphy known as Zenga were produced by Zen monks who practiced these arts as a way of conveying Zen principles. The simplicity and directness of the Zenga tradition continued into the modern period, largely due to the influence of the monk-painter Nantembo (1839-1925). A student of Nantembo, Kikusen served as head abbot of Nanzen-ji, headquarters of the Rinzai sect.

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