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Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. Two figures, Kanzan and Jittoku, are carved on the lower right corner. Kanzan, who holds a scroll on his hand, and Jittoku, who holds a bloom stick and pointing to the sky, are looking upward. The two figures are carved slightly higher than the surface. On the back, there is the moon partially obscured by clouds. Gold and silver alloy inlays are applied to the moon and the clouds. Gold is also inlayed in their eyes, parts of the garments, and Kanzan's scroll. Shakudô (copper-gold alloy) is inlayed in Jittoku's bloom and his jacket collars.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of Kanzan (Chinese, Han Shan) and Jittoku (Chinese, Shihde), two Zen eccentrics
1700 – 1732
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
This hanging scroll depicts Monju (Sanskrit: Mañjuśrī), the bodhisattva of wisdom, seated on a lotus pedestal, holding his typical attributes of a vajra sword and a scroll. His typical lion mount is depicted underneath the base of lotus surrounded by peonies.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Bodhisattva Manjusri (Monju Bosatsu)
17th century
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
The large character for snow in block script is juxtaposed with lines of smaller characters in running script. The large character is drawn with unhurried, thick, even strokes in dense, unbroken black ink with blunt contours, while the smaller characters are brushed rapidly, with strokes of varying thickness, a pronounced diagonal tilt, and sharp edges.
Muan Xingtao
Snow: calligraphy scroll
1655 – 1675
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Calligraphic text of Zen epigram, signature to bottom right.
Hamada Shōji
Calligraphy of a Zen epigram
Gift of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild
Long calligraphy hanging scroll with green colored backing. Calligraphy paper is faded. Black ink. Stamps in red in the top right corner and near the bottom on the left. A smaller font of calligraphy is set on the left side while the larger set of calligraphy takes up the center of the scroll.
Yueshan Daozong (J. Etsuzan Dôshû; Ôbaku Etsuzan)
“Heads should be bowed to him,” quotation from the Avalokitesvara Sutra
1660 – 1709
Gift of Marvin Eisenberg in tribute to Richard and Vee Tsung Ling Edwards
This handscroll is a facsimile of the twelfth or thirteenth century Frolicking Animals Scroll (Chōjū jinbutsu giga) that depicts anthropomorphic monkeys, frogs, foxes and rabbits in various scenes. The scroll is painted in monochromatic ink with lively brushwork. The scroll contains no written text, and the discrete scenes of the scroll are separated by short stretches of landscape. The scroll appears to narrate the events of a festival held by various animals, culminating in a Buddhist ceremony. The scroll begins with a scene of rabbits and monkeys ritually washing themselves in a river. The next scene shows frogs and rabbits engaged in an archery competition. Frogs, foxes and rabbits watch as a rabbit nocks an arrow and takes aim at the target made of a large lotus leaf. Behind the figure, a group of rabbit teammates look on with excitement, while the frogs seem dismayed at the rabbit’s apparent skill. The next scene depicts rabbits, frogs and a fox dressed in robes bringing storage boxes out towards
Toba Sōjō
Kozan-ji Makimono: Scroll with Animal Caricatures (Hares and Frogs) [facsimile]
1935 – 1945
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A shabbily dressed figure holds out at arm’s length a small fish. He is completely focused on his catch, and his mouth almost seems to drool. The face, hands, and feet are sketched in a deliberately simplistic way, while the costume is drawn with only a few swift slashes of the brush, and the strokes bleed into each other.<br />
Kanō Tsunenobu
Zen eccentric contemplating a fish
1633 – 1732
Museum Purchase
<p>Light beige Fukuro (single sided) obi with gold brocade featuring geometric, floral, and animal motifs.</p>
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
20th century
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi
Hanging scroll with five large calligraphic kanji characters. The lower right contains further text and orangish read seals. The background brocade on which it is mounted is green and gold and has a floral design. Two strips of other material lie across the top and bottom of the white material on which teh calligraphy is painted. These strips also have a floral design and a light gold/yellow background.
And Naturally Ripens into Fruit
1660 – 1682
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
<p>Textured light brown Fukuro (single sided) obi with a repeating interwoven dark red floral damask pattern.</p>
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
20th century
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi
This hanging scroll depicts a bearded figure in billowing robes standing on a sword on the waves of a river. The figure is depicted with a great economy of line, with his face being indicated with a minimal amount of brushstrokes and the sense of the fluttering of his robes being indicated through a series of bold brushtrokes using dark ink and a dry brush. An inscription is placed on the upper right corner. 
Soga Shōhaku
Crossing the Yangtze on a Sword
18th century
Museum Purchase
This hanging scroll depicts a chicken executed in rapid brushstrokes, using various shades of black ink. The face of the bird is naturalistically depicted, while its tail feathers are somewhat abstracted. 
Itō Jakuchū
Rooster on a Branch
18th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund