The Horned Priest Ryogen

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Another sketch from the Japanese art book I took out of the library.  Also known as Tsuno Daishi, Ryogen was a priest in 10th century Japan who has become through legend a supernatural being.  The founder of the warrior monks, he is believed to have great power to ward off evil, and his picture is hung on buildings for that purpose.

I read recently that many in China now hang pictures of Chairman Mao for the same reason.

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15 responses to “The Horned Priest Ryogen”

  1. Sharon Mann says :

    Wonderful drawing! From my view, your shadow placement gives him an embossed look. Very cool! Thanks for the history lesson.


  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    This is beautiful and expressive. You’re rocking the colored pencils lately!M

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kirkistan says :

    Nice sketch. But…Mao? Really?

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Sand Salt Moon says :

    I thought this was a relief sculpture. Relief? Is that spelled right? Love the subject and your rendering.

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  5. Teresa Robeson says :

    Funky! I also thought it was a relief sculpture. 🙂

    Mao did try to set himself up to be like a deity. Take away one monarchy and substitute another (while calling it communism)…

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  6. artandmoondreams says :

    Beautifully drawn and with such wonderful depth. Thank you for sharing this.

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