Hotei with a Child

Ono no Ozū (Ono no Tsū) Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

Ono no Ozū, renowned for her flamboyant brushwork, was one of the most prominent female calligraphers in premodern Japan. Here, her inscription above a picture of the Buddhist deity Hotei looking kindly at a child reads: “The eye that regards the innocent child / is a friendly soul outside this soiled world.”

Hotei with a Child, Ono no Ozū (Ono no Tsū) (Japanese, 1559/68–1631), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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