13 UMMA Objects
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Yiran Xingrong (J. Itsunen)
Linji, from triptych of Three Zen Masters: Linji, Bodhidharma and Deshan
1658
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
1975/2.183
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
1999/1.105

Yiran Xingrong (J. Itsunen)
Deshan, from triptych of Three Zen Masters: Linji, Bodhidharma and Deshan
1658
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
1975/2.181
A woodblock print on paper depicting the image of a woman in a red robe and holding a smoking pipe. A corresponding poem inscribed at the top in both Chinese and Japanese.
Kitao Masanobu
Red-Robed Courtesan (parody of Bodhidharma)
1775 – 1785
Museum Purchase
1960/1.148

Yiran Xingrong (J. Itsunen)
Bodhidharma, from triptych of Three Zen Masters: Linji, Bodhidharma and Deshan
1658
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
1975/2.182
Calligraphic text of Zen epigram, signature to bottom right.
Hamada Shōji
Calligraphy of a Zen epigram
1967
Gift of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild
1980/2.219
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.
Tetsugen
And Naturally Ripens into Fruit
1660 – 1682
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1968/2.19
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
1986/1.205
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
1962/1.105
Two cubs lay beneath their mother, whose back is to the viewer, yet curves her head around to face outwards.  Her eyes are golden, and look out towards the viewer.  One cub looks up at its mother with closed eyes.  The mother's white whiskers stand out against the otherwise warm, golden tones of the painting.
Konoshima Ōkoku
Tigress and Cubs
1900 – 1949
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
1989/2.6
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
1978/2.5
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
1963/1.96
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