heavy-set man seated inside a large sack; smiling man has light beard and wears dark garment, open at the chest; has storage box

Hotei Within his Sack, 1800

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An eccentric Buddhist priest who lived in China during the 9th century, Putai (Hotei, in Japanese) was usually portrayed as a happy wanderer unconcerned with social conventions or material wealth. He is said to have carried his meager belongings around in a large sack. As such, he became a favorite subject for Zen ink painters, who saw him as the personification of non-attachment. Here the Zen priest Kogan playfully depicted him taking shelter in the confines of his sack.

Details
Title
Hotei Within his Sack
Artist Life
1748 - 1821
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2004.46.1
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heavy-set man seated inside a large sack; smiling man has light beard and wears dark garment, open at the chest; has storage box