Edo period, 18th century
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
27.1 x 56.7 cm (10 5/8 x 22 3/8 in.)
Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015
This artwork was published as catalogue entry 346 in Volume I of Art through a Lifetime.
Facing the wall for nine years, / grasping the key of Zen in an instant. / Empty-minded in a dirt chamber, / oblivious to right and wrong.
Painted and inscribed by Baigai
To accomplish a task satisfactorily, one has first to sharpen one’s tools; Jishi no in
工欲能事必先利器 （朱文長方印）(relief, rectangle)
時賜之印 (白文方印）（intaglio, square)
1. The line refers to Bodhidharma (died 536 or 528).