Subject:Re: Scroll Painting with Monk
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Mar 01, 2019
The picture depicts not a Buddhist priest but a "lay devotee" with prayer beads and folded orihon in his hands, clad in Japanese crested hakama coat (Japanese man`s formal wear).
His name is written on the upper left side of the inscription; Nijudō-shujin (二重堂主人） - Master of the Nijudō - (Nijudō may refer to a shop name)
The inscription written in the upper blamk space of the painting is a so-called "gasan" (画賛） - comment written by a viewer which is considered to be a calligraphy work itself.
The first lines of the gasan translate;
Buddha`s earthly desires are as (wide as) the sea,
Abandonment of peace of mind are practiced as daily routine with a sutra scroll in your hand. With an excellent professional reasoning........
一雲賛 - Ichiun-san - Comment by Ichiun (Pseudonym)
畫志并書 - Painting and script by
義 Gi the second one is too dime to read
As of the signature under the picture, it is too
individual to read. The seal would help but it is not enough clear to decipher.