Title Sesshu's Long Scroll, a Zen Landscape Journey
Book Condition Very Good / PLUS
Jacket Condition No DJ as Issued
Publisher Tokyo Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1960
Seller ID 001695
Sesshu is considered Japan's greatest artist, and is regarded with warmest affection. The Long Landscape Scroll, produced in its entirety in this small accordian-like book, is his well-celebrated masterpiece. Born near Okayama in 1420, Sesshu was concurrently an artist, a garden-designer, and a Zen priest. Such is the love of the Japanese for Sesshu, that a number of legends have grown up about him, the most illustrious being the myth of his youth: After a very trying day, his instructor tied the boy Sesshu to a Temple post. After a few hours of such restraint, Sesshu cried so bitterly (the story goes) that tears fell to his feet, and thereupon, with the tears as ink, he drew such a realistic picture of a rat in the dust, that the rat came to life, gnawed the ropes, and set the boy Sesshu free. Wonderful. The subject title herein is a small (3.25 x 5.5 inch) wood-covered scroll in near-perfect condition, and is a joy to hold, a delight to the eye, and to the spirit. A wonderful gift, and an essential item for your 'Japan library.'