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zenna-in @‘Pˆ¢ˆó
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Gourd-shaped shumon Žé•¶ style seal introduced into Japan from China during the Song and Yuan dynasties. Today there are about ten paintings in Japan by artists such as Muqi (Jp: Mokkei –qæ®), Ma Yuan (Jp: Ba En ”n‰“) and Xia Gui (Jp: Ka kei ‰ÄŒ]) that, in their lower corners bear this seal. One theory has it that this seal was a collector's seal kanzou-in ŠÓ‘ ˆó, belonging to Zennami ‘Pˆ¢–í (1386-1482), a garden architect who lived during the Muromachi period. Other theory is that these paintings were not produced by a Chinese artist at all. Proponents of this theory claim that the paintings in question exemplify weak linework and a general artistic mood not common to Chinese painting. They thus suggest that this seal was employed by a Japanese artist named Zenna ‘Pˆ¢ who painted in the style of these Chinese masters. The problems surrounding the two different theories, as yet, has not been satisfactorily resolved.
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