|Haku Raku soba 伯楽粗馬|
|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
Be Le assessing a horse. A Chinese painting subject of the 4c horse trainer
named Be Le (Jp: Haku Raku 伯楽) who, ordered by the emperor to find the perfect
horse, located such an animal and, when he returned, told the monarch of
a fabulous bay mare. Attendants dispatched to retrieve the horse were surprised
to find only a black stallion, but in his assessment Haku Raku had seen into
the inner quality of the horse, rather than mere superficial details such
as gender or colour. This Daoist parable on the importance of seeing beyond
outward appearances was painted by 16c *Kanouha
狩野派 on fan paintings preserved in Nanzenji 南禅寺, Kyoto. Haku Raku is usually
shown seated, surrounded by attendants, looking at a black horse.
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