On display Rotation 2, November 9, 2013–January 12, 2014These opulent door panels, or fusuma, originally decorated the west wall in the central room of the abbot's quarters (hōjō) at Ryōanji, a Zen temple in Kyoto famous for its rock garden. They were part of a larger set of forty panels installed in three rooms that once faced the rock garden. Depicted on the panels were Confucian and Daoist sages who had forsaken the tainted mundane world and attained eternal spiritual life through their virtue.These four panels in particular depict "Flying Resshi" (Chinese: Liezi) floating away on a cloud, while other figures, awestruck and with their robes windblown, converse about the mystery of the Daoist immortal's disappearance. It is likely that Kano Kotonobu, the third son of the great master Eitoku (1543–1590), painted these screens, since after his father's death, Kotonobu continued to serve the Hosokawa family, which founded the Ryōanji temple. The screens were apparently sold to private collectors in the early twentieth century. While some panels from the same room are reportedly still in Japan, panels from the adjoining room have been acquired by the Seattle Art Museum and other collections.