Reigen Etoh painting

Reigen Etoh

Reigen Etoh (1721-1785)


ink on paper; with three artist's seals, Reigen, Etoh and Rinzai Soshu, mid to late 18th century

painting: 31 1/8 by 11 3/8 in., 79 by 29 cm
overall: 57 1/7 by 13 5/8 in., 146 by 34.5 cm

Reigen Etoh was a monk of the Rinzai Zen sect who produced zenga paintings in the style of his master, Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768). Hakuin bestowed on Reigen the sanction of enlightenment (inka-shomei). The simple painting of a silhouette of a gun case is accompanied by an equally simple poem:

honto jigoku no

true Hell of

Tanegashima an island south of Kyushu where the Japanese were first introduced to Portuguese traders, and their firearms, in 1542. The island became so closely associated with the weapons that all firearms were known colloquially as tanegashima.



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October 14, 2021

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