Scroll, ink on paper, mounting on silk
Sengai Gibon (1750-1837)
27.2×78.5 cm (38.4 x 161.2 cm)
It is rare to see people with wisdom (bodhisattva)
There are very few people who are sincere and know forgiveness.
We always have to take precautions against flattery.
Beautiful appearance should be like Buddha.
Sengai took a motif of Buddha who descends the mountain after the strict ascetic practices. He painted a light circle on the back of Buddha, which means that Buddha was enlighten. Buddha is smiling as if he is deeply pleased to have reached the enlightenment.