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Suga Gendō 須賀玄道, 1919-2005.

Suga Gendō was born in Ohita in 1919. He was a Rinzai priest and tea master from Kyoto. He was also chief priest of the Zuisen-Ji Temple, which belongs to an autonomous branch of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism.

Suga_Gendo_calligraphy (308K) Creator.Personal Name: 須賀玄道, 1919-2005.
Creator.Personal Name: Suga Gendō, 1919-2005.
Creator.Role: calligrapher
Title: 掬水月在手*
Description: hanging scroll; ink on paper; cursive script kanji; signed by the artist two artist's seals; with signed tomobako.
Type: Calligraphy—Japanese.
Type: Scroll (Visual work)—Japanese.
Culture: Japanese.
Style.Period: Modern.
Technique: painting.
Material.Medium: ink.
Material.Support: paper.
Measurements: 23.5 x 45 in.
Location.Current Repository: private collection, C. J. Campbell (Chicago, Ill.)
Rights: C. J. Campbell.
Record Type: work.

* Quote from a poem by Yu Liang Shi 于良史 (ca. 800): 春山夜月.


Translation: Moon Over the Spring Mountain

In the spring mountains there were many spots worth seeing,
I forgot to return from my enjoyment though night fell.
In my hands that held water clear the moon seemed shining,
The caress of flowers steeped my clothes with sweet smell.
My mood for sightseeing lasted in spite of the distance,
I tried to leave but hated to part with the fragrance.
Looking southward at the place where the bell was tolling,
I saw in the deep of dark green the bell house standing.
Signature and seals:
Suga_Gendo_calligraphy_sigseals (98K)
Tomobako lid's interior:
Suga_Gendo_calligraphy_tomobako_lid_interior (88K)

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