On Reclusion

Sesson Yūbai 雪村友梅 Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 228

Sesson Yūbai, a Rinzai Zen monk, was both proficient in calligraphy and educated in Chinese poetry. One of the most respected poets of his time, he spent twenty‑three years in China, and his calligraphy reveals the influence of the latest Chinese styles. In this poem, he links the religious pursuits of a monk with the life of a hermit who spends his days in reclusion, gazing at streams and reading.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

On Reclusion, Sesson Yūbai 雪村友梅 (Japanese, 1290–1346), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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