Kita: The Last Tosa by Sandy Kita

By Sandy Kita

Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei (1578-1650) is likely one of the so much arguable figures in jap artwork historical past. was once he, as he asserted, the final Tosa (the Yamato-e school), or the founding father of Ukiyo-e, the fashion of portray linked to the city commoner classification? this article discusses either arguments.

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28 This embroidered cloth hanging bears on its obverse the name of Monk Gyokuraku-in of Mount Kôya (Kôyasan gyokurakuin) and shows a baldachin, three Sanskrit letters, and an ornate lacquered table bearing two ¶ower vases and an incense burner. Smoke curls delicately up from the burner. The Sanskrit letters in the Hosomi embroidery stand for Amida and two of his bodhisattvas. Amida is the god of the Western Paradise who swore a “primal vow” (hongan) to save all sentient beings. Thus, many Amidist, or Pure Land, temples are named hongan-ji.

Such tables are typical of the sort found in temples and other monastic dwellings, and indeed, there is a tradition of painting and embroidering images of such incense burners sitting on richly decorated, lacquered tables. Such paintings and embroideries are rare, although some have been published, including the embroidery now in the R. 28 This embroidered cloth hanging bears on its obverse the name of Monk Gyokuraku-in of Mount Kôya (Kôyasan gyokurakuin) and shows a baldachin, three Sanskrit letters, and an ornate lacquered table bearing two ¶ower vases and an incense burner.

He is shown engaged in this activity in a painting attributed to Sôtatsu. Hua T’o (b. ), known in Japan as Kada, the learned gentleman 33 is the Chinese god of surgery, and Ch’i Po (dates not known), or Kihaku, is another legendary physician. The ¤ve organs are the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys, and the six body parts are the colon, small intestine, gall bladder, upper stomach, urinary bladder, and stomach proper. The points on the body for acupuncture to which Matabei refers are the meido (Chinese: ming t’ang), that is, the places where the needles are inserted.

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