" Kanji Phrase & Kiku Flowers " Buddhist Priest at Highest
||Kusatsunagi Zengi ( 1883 - 1969)
The 54th head priest (Monzeki) of the Daikaku-Ji Temple of Shingonshu Sect.
The temple was founded in AD 876 at Saga in Kyoto.
Zengi learned Buddhistic traditions and instructions under Zenkai and Shaku
Unsho of the Fussa-In Temple.
He became the chief priest of the Seiren-Ji Temple and the Daisen-Ji Temple
in Kanagawa Prefecture.
He also made exertions to spread art of flower arrangement.
|Signature & Seal
|Part of Painting
||Japanese Paper, 102 x 30 cm ( 40.2 x 11.8 inch )
||Silk, 173 x 33.5 cm ( 68 x 13.2 inch )
|Roller End Material
||Original Wood Box (Tomobako)
This scroll was drawn in 1967.
The Kanji phrase is drawn by Kusatsunagi Zengi, the 54th head priest of
the Daikaku-Ji Temple at Saga in Kyoto.
The Kiku flowers and leaves are drawn by Rihoh (Profile unknown).
There are some small spots on the drawing part.
Although, the condition of this scroll is not bad.
Kiku (Japanese chrysanth) flowers and leaves are drawn simply and artistically.
This kind of Kiku flower is especially called "Saga-Giku".
It grows naturally near Saga district where the Daikaku-Ji Temple is located.
A Kanji phrase is also drawn in good form at the top.
If we read this phrase in On-yomi pronunciation, we say it "Sagagiku".
But, the meaning of the phrase is different from Saga-Giku chrysanth.
It literally means "Cleaned house has a run of good luck".
So we guess the Kanji phrase implies "Person who is trying to be better
will get lucky".
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