K085 Zen Staff by Unmon Sokudō 雲門即道

Brushed on Imperial order by Unmon of [Mount] Ryōju*

勅応霊鷲雲門書
Unmon Sokudō (雲門即道, 1690-1765)
K085 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 130.3 cm × 56.4 cm.

 

* Ryōju = Sesson-ji, a temple originally founded by Shōtoku Daishi and restored by Unmon under imperial command.

The staff is an all-purpose Zen tool—a symbol of authority, a walking stick, an implement for imparting discipline.