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Zen Patriarch With A Cat, 1878 (ink and colour on paper)

Zen Patriarch With A Cat, 1878 (ink and colour on paper)


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Zen Patriarch With A Cat, 1878 (ink and colour on paper)

8599105 Zen Patriarch With A Cat, 1878 (ink and colour on paper) by Zeshin, Shibata (1807-91); 16--22.8 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA; (add.info.: By Shibata Zeshin - Meiji era
Woodblock print); National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Media ID 33087468

© National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution / Bridgeman Images

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Zen Patriarch With A Cat, 1878

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is a captivating ink and color print created by Shibata Zeshin during the Meiji era. This exquisite artwork measures approximately 16-22.8 cm and is housed in the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA. The image depicts a Zen patriarch engaged in deep meditation while accompanied by a serene cat. The master's tranquil expression reflects his profound spiritual connection with nature and all living beings. The feline companion symbolizes the harmonious coexistence between humans and animals, emphasizing the Zen philosophy of interconnectedness. Zeshin's meticulous attention to detail is evident in this woodblock print, showcasing his mastery of technique and composition. The vibrant colors add depth to the scene, enhancing its visual impact. This artwork not only showcases Zeshin's artistic prowess but also highlights the influence of Buddhism on Japanese culture. Buddhism has long been an integral part of Japan's religious landscape, shaping its art forms and philosophies. As we contemplate this mesmerizing piece, we are reminded of the power of stillness and introspection that Zen Buddhism teaches us. Through this image, Zeshin invites viewers to embark on their own journey towards inner peace and enlightenment. The National Museum of Asian Art at Smithsonian Institution proudly preserves this significant work as part of its collection dedicated to celebrating diverse Asian cultures through art.

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